Vic Mensa (and his father) bring clear water to their homeland.
Born Victor Kwesi Mensah, the Chicago-bred rapper and creative remembers his roots and leverages his success and resources to provide a better quality of life for his fellow Ghanaians through access to clean water. Mensa visited his ancestral village with his father, who was born in Ghana and heads a non-profit organization called Let Them Drink Water, and testified to the community’s serious water pollution problem. The couple decided to develop a solution by building a new borehole – a manual pump that provides clean water, but which is unfortunately rare in Africa. After a successful borehole that brought access to water for hundreds of thousands, Mensa decided to build two more in nearby villages.
“We are building 3 boreholes in different communities in Ghana to provide clean drinking water; the first is Asokore Zongo in Koforidua where my family lives which has already been built. The other places 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 are constantly experiencing waterborne diseases.”
To help fund the boreholes, which can cost up to $15,000 each to build, Mensa partnered with the Black Star Line Festival, which takes place in Accra, Ghana on Jan. 6. The festival features performances from Mensa, Chance the Rapper, Erykah Badu, T-Pain, Jeremih, Sarkodie, Tobe Nwigwe, Asakaa Boys and M.anifest. “This festival is about connecting black people on the planet,” He told TMZ in an interview. “Beyond all these colonial borders. It’s something that’s been on my mind for a long time.”