Lil Jon is giving back
Lil Jon’s music was once prominently parodied by a song that encouraged his fans to read a book once in a while. Now, the rapper is making sure that schoolchildren in Ghana can do just that.
The crunk rapper and producer revealed that he’d opened a school in Eastern Ghana via his Instagram this week.
“YESTERDAY WAS A SPECIAL DAY FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. WE HAD THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND DEDICATION OF A BRAND NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL IN GHANA I FUNDED ALONG WITH @pencilsofpromise,” he wrote. “I DEDICATED IT TO THE ABOMAYAW COMMUNITY AND TO MY MOTHER. GOD IS GOOD.”
The school will be a three classroom building in the rural community of Abomayaw. The building was funded in part by Ghanian parliament and the Pencils Of Promise NGO with a substantial donation from the Crunk Juice rapper. It will serve as a kindergarten school for the people in the small town.
According to Ghana Web, children previously took lessons underneath a tree and were sent home in the event of rain. Because of the adverse conditions, many children and parents opted not to send their children to school. Only 75 of the town’s 200 school-aged children are currently enrolled in kindergarten level classes.
Lil Jon said he chose the project due to a personal connection he feels to Ghana, adding that he was amazed by the support the community has shown him.
“This is the first Project we’ve done together of this kind and it is amazing to see the community come out to support and the appreciation they are showing for us building the school and I just feel like I’m lost for words of how amazing it feels to give the community something like this school,” he told Starr News.
He said that building the Kindergarten classroom was just giving the children an opportunity to learn. He said that the young minds will take to education quickly, since they now have the space to learn.
“Kindergarten kids at their age they keep up so much stuff so if you can provide appropriate environment for education it can make learning very easy for them and I’m glad I can help facilitate that for these kids looking at where they came from, open basically sheds outside, you can imagine the heat and the obstruction and now they have a well building if it rains.”
Ghana Web reports that the children of the town showed their appreciation to Lil Jon and his wife by putting on a dance for them. After the dance, Jon and his wife were presented with traditional clothes and beads made by the people in the town.
See it in action
Lil Jon shared footage of the dancing, ribbon-cutting and other events on his Instagram. The rapper also recorded a video of lessons being taught inside the video, instilling in the young schoolchildren that “winners never quit and quitters never win.”
Check out video of the new school in use up top. What do you think? Are you excited to see rappers giving back? Did you expect this sort of gesture from Lil Jon? When you first heard “Who U Wit?” did you think that guy was going to build a classroom in Ghana for underserved children?
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