In a trip sponsored by the World Food Programme (WFP) 50 Cent, also known as Curtis Jackson III, visited Somalia and Kenya to see first hand the devastation that the hunger epidemic is causing the African nations.
While there, Jackson visited both a refugee camp and a school in a Nairobi slum. Reflecting on his visit, he told WFP, “What I am seeing is devastating — these women and children have risked everything to come to this Somalia camp, just to get food. They need our help.”
The journey is just one part of the commitment the Grammy winner has made to fighting hunger on the continent. Last summer he announced that he would feed 1 billion people in Africa over the next five years. He was supported in this initiative by Russell Simmons who responded, “Keep pushing 50, we will follow your lead!”
In addition to this self-imposed goal, Jackson marked World Hunger Day 2011 by donating one meal to WFP for every “like” his energy drink, Street King, received on Facebook.
50 is expected to continue his work with WFP over the coming years as he follows through on his 5 year commitment. WFP is a UN initiative which provides nourishing meals and snacks to improve concentration in the classroom and to encourage families to enroll and keep their children in school.