Malawi’s rapper Tay Grin interacts with Jacaranda School leaners

Art inspires the youth and through art, the youth can explore their talents which would be the basis of their career in future. But all that will be strengthened if the youth acquire knowledge at school.

Tay Grin speaks to Jacaranda learners

This was the message that artist Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalilani, emphasised when he interacted with pupils from Jacaranda School for Orphans in Blantyre on Thursday.

The award-winning artist, who is also a He-For-She campaigner, said it was quite a wonderful experience to interact with the pupils.

“The basic message was that they should work hard. In life, you can become anything you aspire to be,” he said.

Tay Grin said no child should be left behind that is why he is impressed by Jacranda for providing the opportunity for the underprivileged to go to school.

“I reminded the pupils that a lot of people do not have access to education, it is quite a huge opportunity to be in school. Whatever they dream of becoming in life is possible. God is the foundation of the talent that they have. There is no limitation to what they can achieve,” he said.

The ‘Lubwa’ star said he wished he had met the dancers and singers earlier.

“I was impressed by the talented dancers and singers that I met at the school. I would like to give the artists the platform to showcase their talent, if I had known them earlier, I should have included them on the list of performers during the show that took place in Blantyre a week ago,” said Tay Grin who had a free show at the Kamuzu Stadium’s Upper Stadium which attracted thousands of people.

Tay Grin has so far visited a number of schools in his capacity as He-For-She campaigner but his visit to Jacaranda was aimed at appreciating what the school has done to promote art in general.

“I am motivated to continue influencing a lot of boys and girls in Malawi. Other than that, such platforms are very important for me to continue encouraging girls and boys to pursue their education dreams.

“Although the number of initiatives I am involved in encourage girls to go to school, it is important also not to forget boys,” he said.

Since becoming a He-For-She campaigner, Tay Grin has utilised every opportunity to raise awareness of girls education in Malawi.

Last year, Tay Grin engaged high-profile officials in Iceland to raise awareness of girls’ education and singled out lack of access to sanitary pads as one of the challenges school going girls face.

While in Iceland, he met a familiar face in Michael Nevin – who is former British High Commissioner to Malawi – now British Ambassador to Iceland who took part in the fundraising activities for girls’ education initiative in Malawi.

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