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Rapper Ja Rule Announces Plans To Build A School In Ghana

Little is known about Ja Rule's school, but the news comes after Ghanaian comedian Michael Blackson opened the Michael Blackson Academy in Ghana on Jan. 3.

Shortly after revealing that he signed a new record deal potentially worth $100 million, rapper Ja Rule said on Twitter/X that he is building a school in Ghana and looks forward to breaking ground. 

According to Hot 97, the rapper is also headlining The Sunrise Tour this spring as he celebrates his 25th year in the music business. He is set to be joined by Mya, Keri Hilson, and Lloyd on the tour, which includes stops in U.K. and Ireland. In a press release, Ja Rule said that additional dates and cities across the globe would be added.

“I’m so hyped to reconnect with my fans across the globe and do what I love most, perform live,” wrote Ja Rule. “When I released my debut album 25 years ago, I knew it was only just the beginning and that I was put on this planet to make music and entertain. The title of my first album ‘Venni Vetti Vecci’ means ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’ which I have been doing ever since. Get ready Ireland and the U.K.! We have some dope surprises in store! We’re hitting the globe with more dates soon, too!”

At present, little is known about the school in Ghana aside from Ja Rule’s post on Twitter/X, but the news comes after BET’s report that Ghanaian comedian Michael Blackson opened the Michael Blackson Academy in Nsaba, Ghana, on Jan. 3. Blackson posted on Twitter/X, “Today is the greatest day of my life because I’ve finally accomplished what I always wanted to do which is giving these kids a chance to be great. Greatness starts with education and foundational education shouldn’t come with financial barriers.”

In a separate post, Blackson thanked his fans who’d purchased tickets throughout his career, saying their support enabled the kids who go to his academy to receive an education free of charge. “Finally, it’s all done and the kids in my village will all go to school for free,” Blackson wrote. “Thanks to all my fans that supported me thru out the years, every ticket you bought to my show helped a kid.”

According to USAID, Ghana has made a notable improvement in increasing access to primary education over the last decade. However, the organization notes that consistently getting the children quality education has been a challenge. The Ghanaian Ministry of Education implemented a national curriculum reform program in 2019-2020, which has seen success by delivering training to 22,000 educators in order to improve early reading in the 11 local languages taught in Ghana and English.

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