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Reading: African-American Singer Akon opens university in Africa to help students, set to name it after Michael Jackson
Reading: African-American Singer Akon opens university in Africa to help students, set to name it after Michael Jackson

African-American Singer Akon opens university in Africa to help students, set to name it after Michael Jackson

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African-American Singer Akon opens university in Africa to help students, set to name it after Michael Jackson
African-American Singer Akon opens university in Africa to help students, set to name it after Michael Jackson

After admitting that he and the late Michael Jackson had intended to work together on an initiative to benefit African children, Akon, an African-American singer who performs under the stage name Aliaune Damala Badara, has decided to pursue that goal himself. During a recent interview with HipHopDX, he recalled how he and Jackson had bonded over a shared passion for helping African youth.

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“Mike was just an amazing person man, I wish people had a chance to understand and really experience the person the way I did,” Akon said. “We had like a good two years together where we just hung out practically four, five times a week, right? Real conversations and he would shock you, the kind of stuff that he liked, the kind of stuff he would say.”

He further explained that Michael Jackson never had a chance to experience a real childhood due to his fame at a young age, and this inspired his desire to help African children succeed. “His biggest thing was always making sure that kids were in a comfortable position to be a kid. Because he never really had a childhood himself,” Akon stated. “He was a big star as a child. He didn’t get a chance to go to the carnival, go to the movies, eat candy, like things that kids naturally did so when he got older, he surrounded himself with all those kiddish things that he never had a chance to be at.”

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In honor of the late Michael Jackson and their shared dream, Akon is now taking the initiative to build schools in Africa.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.