Lil' John Turns Up for Education
Music artist, Jonathan Smith, better known as “Lil Jon”, is now known for something greater than music. The Grammy-award winning artist added school ownership to his already extensive resume. He raised more than $53,000 in partnership with Pencils of Promise to open a primary school.
On October 12, 2017, Lil Jon opened a children’s school in Ghana, Africa. Earlier this year, Lil Jon spent most of his time raising money solely for the school. The building was funded in part by Ghanaian parliament and the Pencils Of Promise NGO with a very large donation from Lil Jon. The school is dedicated to his late Mother Carrie Smith, who died in 2013, and the community of Abomayaw where the school resides.
Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, and this school is a way that Lil Jon sees to help make the world a better place. This educational opportunity allows the children of the Abomayaw Village to learn and grow through rain and snow. Usually, educators would hold classes in an old shed or out in the open. Due to different weather conditions, teachers would have to cancel classes and students would go home. Now no matter the weather students will continue to learn.
Although the school has opened with only 75 students, Lil Jon plans to raise more money for the school so that in the coming years he can increase its enrollment