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Chicago Rapper, Vic Mensa Helping Provide Clean Water To Over 200K People In His Native Ghana

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Vic Mensa, a Chicago rapper, is expanding his charitable efforts to his native Ghana, where he will provide clean water to over 200,000 people. The rapper, who was born in Ghana, made the decision to fund borehole drilling in the West African country after visiting his ancestral village, according to Billboard.

Mensa traveled with his father on that trip. After witnessing firsthand the water contamination in the area, he and his father decided to take action by funding the drilling of a borehole. Mensa’s father is the founder of “Let Them Drink Water,” a non-profit organization.

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Boreholes extract clean and filtered groundwater. They are, however, said to be scarce in Africa. So, after funding a borehole that eventually provided clean water to over 100,000 locals, Mensa – born Victor Kwesi Mensah – made the decision to provide two more to other villages.

“We’re building 3 Boreholes in different communities in Ghana to provide clean drinking water; the first being the Asokore Zongo in Koforidua where my family lives, which is already built. The other locations are a nearby community called Efiduase and then our ancestral village in the Volta Region Amedzope,” Mensa said in a statement. “Most people in communities like this in Ghana experience constant water borne diseases.”

A borehole is estimated to cost around $15,000. Mensa and the Black Star Line Festival collaborated to help raise funds for more boreholes. The Ghanaian-American and fellow Chicago rapper, Chance the Rapper, founded the festival, which is a “week-long series of events including panel discussions, fine art exhibitions, and nightlife events culminating in a large scale concert at Black Star Square in Accra.”

Erykah Badu, T-Pain, Jeremih, Sarkodie, Tobe Nwigwe, Asakaa Boys, and M.anifest are among the artists that performed at the free concert on Friday, January 6.

“This festival is about connecting Black people of the globe,” Mensa said in an interview with TMZ. “Beyond all of those colonial boundaries. It’s something that has been on my mind for a long time.”

 

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