Stormzy made a £9,000 donation to a British born Ghanaian student’s crowdfunding campaign so she can study a Masters in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, starting August 2017!
Fiona Asiedu, who is currently preparing for her finals at Oxford university, was aiming to raise £12,000 to cover the cost of tuition and other expenses.
On the Crowdfunder page she wrote that she was “particularly interested in psychological development of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically ethnic minorities and those from working class backgrounds“.
She added: “Studying Human Development and Psychology will equip me with the knowledge and skills necessary to generate effective interventions, particularly targeted at young people, to uphold healthy psychological development within this community.”
The total cost of her nine months at Harvard totalled £59,000, but Asiedu received an external scholarship and financial aid from the department she will study in, which left her to set up the campaign to raise the remaining £12,000 in four weeks.
But it took her less than 24 hours to meet her target, after Stormzy retweeted an appeal to him to share the campaign before adding a donation himself.
Representatives for the grime MC confirmed to Newsbeat that the donation -which was initially made under his real name, Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo – was from Stormzy. His name has since been changed to be anonymous.
A supporter tweeted to Stormzy offering to take him to Nando’s for a “thank you chicken”, to which he replied: “Deal!”
Asiedu was vice-president of Oxford Universty’s African and Carribean Society last year, which Stormzy visited in March 2016.
In a tweet stating that she had met her target, Asiedu cited one of Stormzy’s lyrics (“Blinded by your grace”) and shared a screenshot of the £12,000 marker.
As the fundraising deadline finishes in June, Fiona is continuing her campaign to raise funds as surplus funds be used to fund other young people from similar background’s pursuit in Education as Fiona is now setting up a Foundation