Stonebwoy paid the school fees of 5 final year students of his alma mater, Tema Methodist Day Senior High School as part of sponsorship. The kind gesture is in line with Stonebwoy’s upcoming initiatives, “The Livingstone Foundation”, soon to be launched, later this year.
“I’m grateful that I went through Tema Methodist Day Senior High School, passed my courses and moved on. Aside the academia, I nurtured my music talent. Not to say you should forget school, you need to take your studies seriously. Not everyone is privileged to have parents or guardians pay their schools fees, much less to say on a regular. Even myself at some point, I had to struggle to get my fees paid, so if you have people who support you with school fees, you should take that seriously. And these things I am saying is not new to some of you, but I am sharing my story with you to remind you that many people have gone through same situation as you, but it can only get better. The likes of me and Sarkodie were here. Every level of life is a struggle, but how you come out of the situation is what elevates you and makes you a winner,” Stonebwoy said.
He used the opportunity to address the student populace and staff on Friday morning, January 20, 2017, which also marks his (Stonebwoy) Mum’s birthday (of blessed memory) – she passed on in July 2015.
Stonebwoy also took the time to reflect on his fatal motor accident that happened 15 years ago on January 19 (a day before his Mum’s birthday). He recounts the touching story saying… “Once upon a time I was a student who used to walk this campus with a stiff knee. But God being so good, I was able to rise above situations and got it fixed properly now. Few days ago, I visited a brother who had an accident too but unfortunately got amputated – that could have been my story but I didn’t go through that and I am grateful. Trust me, it was not my intention to have that news of me visiting them circulate in the media because their situation isn’t a pleasant one; I have been there before and know how it feels, but situations have made it so. My name is ‘Livingstone’ meaning a ‘LIVING STONE’ so despite the circumstances we find ourselves in, we try to outlive it. Circumstances should not limit you.”
The Headmistress of the School, Mrs. Ellen Asare Pepra was highly elated about the international music superstar’s gesture. “Not very often do we see such happen to underprivileged students and for Stonebwoy to come to their aid is an act worthy of praise. We wish Stonebwoy all the best in all his endeavours. We know he will achieve more and rise above the skies.” She also took the time to advise the student populace in front of Stonebwoy at their assembly hall. “You are a brand, and the way you package yourself will determine the way your generation sees you. Don’t package yourself as an object to be misused or pitied by others. Package yourself as an object to be sought after and desired.”
Stonebwoy also donated some hard copies of Elorm Beenie’s new novel “Love Myelitis” to the sponsored students. Elorm Beenie is Stonebwoy’s Official Publicist.
Stonebwoy began 2017 with a new song and video “Enkulenu” released on January 3, tipped to be one of his major hits this year. The song is already having good rotation on various Radio, TV and internet stations.