The Moroccan-born US-raised rapper, French Montana, has donated 500 canoes to the Makoko community in Lagos, Nigeria.
Makoko is a densely populated waterfront slum known for its stilted and floating structures situated along the Lagos lagoon.
Some weeks ago, Montana shot the music video for his song ‘Wish U Well’ featuring Swae Lee, the US rapper, and Lojay, the Nigerian singer, in Makoko.
The rapper, however, attracted a chorus of criticism from his Nigerian fans for choosing the slum location for his music video shoot.
In a recent statement, the Bronx-raised rapper said he will be donating 500 canoes to the community which served as the primary location for the music video.
He said that local craftsmen, in collaboration with SALXCO, Gamma, and Swae Lee, will construct approximately six boats weekly, with the goal of reaching 500 canoes by December.
He added that after witnessing community struggles, he was inspired “to get involved and to help impact change.”.
“I witnessed firsthand how water is both a lifeline and an obstacle in Makoko. These boats are essential tools transporting the residents of Makoko and goods and services,” the statement reads.
“As an immigrant from Morocco, giving back to communities in Africa, the place that raised me, is so important.
“When I was filming, I met local leaders who talked about the daily struggles and aspirations of the wider community. I was moved by their spirit and positivity, which inspired me to get involved and to help impact change.”
Montana has established a name for himself in the international music space with a number of awards and recognition to his credit.