He built the school as a tribute to his late mother, Carrie Smith-Williams.
Most people do not realize that the King of Crunk rapper/producer Jonathan Smith aka Lil’ Jon is articulate and business savvy to say the least. Smith is best known for producing highly energetic and rhythmic songs. Nearly every other year, Smith had a hit song on the radio.
However, as of recent, media outlets have been highlighting the 47-year-old hip-hop entertainer’s philanthropic efforts in Africa.
“This is the first project we’ve done together of this kind and it is amazing to see the community come out to support it. I just feel like I’m lost for words of how amazing it feels to give the community something like this school,” said Jonathan Smith.
The great thing about Smith’s character that this is not the first he has given back. The legendary producer raised $180,000 to rebuild a school in his hometown Atlanta, Georgia, according to BET.com.
The first school he helped build is called Abomayaw D.A. Kindergarten and on Oct. 14, Smith uploaded some images from the academy to Instagram. Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization that builds schools, trains teachers and funds scholarships, collaborated with Smith to construct Abomayaw D.A. with restrooms, three fully supplied classrooms, and an office.
“If you can provide an appropriate environment for education it can make learning very easy for them,” said Smith.
StarrFM Online, a local Ghana radio, reported that the school is located in a rural area of the Asuogyaman District. Prior to building schools, students were attending classes in sheds and had to cancel study time if it rained.
“I’m glad I can help facilitate that for these kids looking at where they came from. You can imagine the heat and the obstruction. Now they have a well building if it rains,” said Smith.
Seventy-five out of 200 children, who live in the district, have attended the school since the opening day. Also, Smith built the school as a tribute to his late mother, Carrie Smith-Williams.
Great Job, Jonathan Smith