Moroccan-born rapper, French Montana has made headlines for his recent philanthropic endeavor in an African community. According to reports from Premium Times Nigeria, the rap artist has extended a helping hand to the Makoko community situated in Lagos State, Nigeria. This act of kindness comes in the form of a generous donation of 500 canoes, which holds significant importance for the residents of Makoko.
French Montana’s connection to this community was established during the filming of his latest music video, “Wish U Well,” featuring Swae Lee and Nigerian singer Lojay. The video was shot in the heart of the Makoko area, a unique floating slum settlement on the picturesque Lagos Lagoon, often referred to as the “Venice of Africa.”
Montana’s decision to provide canoes to Makoko is grounded in the profound understanding of their significance in this water-centric community. In a place where water is a lifeline, these boats play an essential role in facilitating the transportation of goods and services for the community’s residents.
French Montana, who hails from Morocco, feels a deep connection to Africa, the continent that nurtured him during his formative years. He expressed the importance of giving back to the communities that have shaped his identity, stating.
“As an immigrant from Morocco, giving back to communities in Africa, the place that raised me, is so important.” During his time filming in Makoko, Montana had the opportunity to engage with local leaders who shared the daily challenges and aspirations of the broader community. Their resilience and unwavering positivity left a profound impact on him, motivating him to step forward and contribute to positive change.