Ganta – During his recent visit to Ganta, a place of new developments, recent road infrastructure, busy business venues and a youth population that finds it hard to land jobs, money to further their education or a voice to relate their needs, Akon was able to connect with them through what he does best – perform and motivate.
Before doing the former, he had this to say: “I want to help you to be that voice to make sure that everything that you need in your area is done. But the communication has to be very clear.
“Wherever you are, as a people you first need to pool together to know what you want. Once you know what you want, visit your local politician and express that to them. That way, you can put the pressure and make sure these things are happening around here.
“People have to be more involved. Don’t sit back and just allow government to do it; you have to give government the direction because only you know what you are dealing with. That way, they have the information to do what they have to do for you. It’s very important for you to know that.”
The youth got the message, but it was all screams and joy from them, in awe that Akon was truly in Ganta.
“I still can’t believe I am seeing Akon with my own eyes,” exclaimed a student of Zuluyee Public School.
In collaboration with Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia, Akon did more for them by installing solar lights and panels at Zuluyee Public School to light up the normally pitch black campus.
The magic moment happened during a talent show featuring students from Bride schools from different parts of the country, when the street and campus lights came on during Akon’s ‘motivational session’ with the crowd.
Then the unexpected…
“Because you guys are so far and you don’t have a chance to make it to the city, I will do what I never did before, and that’s perform,” said Akon.
The crowd went wild as he went on to perform his 2004 hit Ghetto, and more so when he reached out from the stage and took the hands of some in the audience.