By Glam & Essence
Nigerian music star, Mr Eazi, whose real name is Oluwatosin Ajibade, now has a venture copying his time. The Afrobeat artist and entrepreneur who
rapped at California’s Coachella festival and on Beyonce’s Grammy-nominated “The Lion King: The Gift”,is now involved in farming in Ghana.
Mr Eazi is planning on investing in coconut farming in a Ghanaian coastal community of more than 60,000 people.According to him,in a conversation with Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“There’s a cycle of poverty in Africa that keeps going from generation to generation and sometimes you wonder how you can break it.”
And to achieve this, Mr Eazi believes Agriculture plays a very important role in solving a lot of problems that exist back home. He said this on the sidelines of a two-day United Nations conference in Rome that began on Tuesday.
He has shown his commitment to Africa’s youth with his emPawa Africa incubator programme, which supports new artists with grants to make music videos and mentorship.
Unemployment is high across the continent, with 10 to 12 million people entering the workforce each year ,but just 3.1 million jobs created, according to the African Development Bank.
Mr Eazi’s journey into farming was inspired by his encounter with a woman who told him how a machine that made coconut oil changed her life: freeing up her children to go to school, feeding the waste to her pigs and making trinkets out of bark to sell.
“That kind of woke me up,” he said, recalling the trip, which was part of his 2019 collaboration with the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development to encourage young Africans to take up farming.
“What really struck me was not how her kids go to school … how many businesses actually have a 360 (degrees) value chain? For me, that was the kicker,” he said.