UPDATE: Rapper Lil Jon has given $70,000 to fund a new school in Ghana through non-profit organization Pencils of Promise. Mafi Atitekpo DA Primary School is the second school to open to open because of funding from the music artist.

“I’m all about helping children,” Lil  Jon told CNN. “Children are our future and every child deserves to have an environment where they can learn and flourish and gain knowledge.”

“Children shouldn’t have to suffer for any reason,” he continued. “One of these kids could grow up to be a scientist, a lawyer, an astronaut, the president of their country. I could create an environment where all these things could happen.”

Original Story: It’s been some time since we’ve heard “What? Ok?” in an aggressively crunk mannerism—and that’s because rapper Lil Jon has been out here building schools in the motherland.

In collaboration with Pencils of Promise, a non-profit dedicated to international education equality, the ATL crunk king has funded a primary school in Ghana. Abomayaw D.A. Kindergarten will provide students in the Asuogyaman District with a comfortable learning environment. They previously tended to their studies in sheds and underneath trees.

The rapper, whose real name is Jonathan Smith, had the honor of cutting the ribbon at the school’s grand opening ceremony last week.


The school has been dedicated to Lil Jon’s late mother, Carrie Smith, who passed away in 2013. His wife and son were also in attendance.

“It is amazing to see the community come out and support, and the appreciation they are showing for us being here, us coming into the community, us building the school,” he told Ghanian radio station Joy Online. “I just feel like I’m lost for words of how amazing it feels to give the community something like this school,” he said.

Prior to the school’s opening ceremony, Lil Jon spent a week acquainting himself with Ghanaian culture.


The musician and philanthropist plans to work on creating a second Ghanaian school.