Rapper AKA hopes to raise R10-15 million for students in debt through his “Fees For All Mega Concert.”
AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Forbes, held a press conference on Friday to give more details about the concert. TV host and radio presenter Hulisani Ravele was the host.
The Super Mega announced the concert’s date as 15 February, 2020. The venue will be the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.
‘I have to give back’
AKA said his aim is to give something back to society, “Surely for everything I have been given, I have to give back.”
Concert tickets will go on sale from 5 December at webtickets.co.za and Pick n Pay retail outlets.
Ticketpro Dome, in partnership with Glen21 Entertainment, will offer the venue for free, according to an update on the #FeesForAllMegaConcert Twitter account.
AKA said a fund, dubbed The Mega Fees Foundation, has been established “to receive pledges and donations and disburse funds.”
A website, feesforallmegaconcert.org, has also been set up. AKA added that the aim is for the initiative to go beyond 15 February.
‘Not just university students’
The Fela In Versace hitmaker said funds from the concert will benefit tertiary students in general, not just those in universities.
“We may not be able to help everyone but, who we do get to help is someone who wouldn’t have gotten the help before,” he said.
Sibu Mabena, a young businesswoman and founder of Duma Collective, is also involved in the initiative.
Speaking at the press conference, she said there will be a structured application process and criteria for those wishing to receive funding.
AKA is no stranger to helping out students. He donated R100,000 to Wits University’s Student Representative Council (SRC) humanitarian fund in February this year.