Ten years gone and Jay-Z’s philanthropic water for life project has saved the lives of Africans and many others around the world. 

There is a reason why public figures dread scandals, at least most of them do. It is for no other reason than the fact that fate has automatically made them ambassadors; constantly in the public eye. Before you know it, tons of people begin to value your opinion and thoughts on certain issues.

On the other hand, some people whether publicly known or not just love titles, why? It gives them a sense of importance; a sense of elevation, a consciousness that anything you do, say or endorse goes a long way in the decisions and opinions of a larger number of people; they become ambassadors representing a particular interest or people. Little wonder they are used as brand ambassadors for commercial products.

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Entertainers by virtue of their talents and fame are (or at least should be) ambassadors and as such, are expected to act like they know it. Studies have shown that such entertainers as musicians and actors owe their success to the society, since they majorly display and re-enact the realities of the society that we live in and are patronized by people who live in them – they are social changers and should primarily aim their skills to the betterment of the world around them.


Shawn Corey Carter, popularly and professionally known as Jay-Z in 2006 declared his intention to partner with the United Nations, then under the office of Ghanaian Kofi Aanan, in supplying water and conserving them in communities around the world.

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The talented rap artist and entertainer with an estimated net worth of $520 million (Forbes, 2014), dedicated his world tour to the advocacy of clean water in global communities, especially rural parts, who needed it. Africa benefited and still benefits from this gesture which he describes as just being “helpful”. On this project among others, he is known for saying that “the greatest form of giving is anonymous to anonymous”.

It is great to comprehend that the millionaire entrepreneur and investor owns a sports club, a clothing line and a record label. He, in the words of Micheal Jackson, made a “little space” for those in need. What can we say, “to whom much is given, much is expected”. People love him all around the world, and this is a gigantic way of giving back. For over a decade, the water for life project which cost Jay-Z millions of dollars to fund has saved lives across the world. This should be an example for both local and international African entertainers.

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