French Montana Donates 500 Canoes To Makoko Slum Where He Shot Music Video

The Moroccan-born, US-raised rapper French Montana has donated 500 canoes to the Makoko community in Lagos, Nigeria.

Makoko is a heavily inhabited waterfront slum along the Lagos lagoon notable for its stilted and floating houses.

Montana shot the music video for his song ‘Wish U Well’ in Makoko a few weeks ago, with Swae Lee, a US rapper, and Lojay, a Nigerian singer.

The rapper, on the other hand, drew a chorus of condemnation from his Nigerian followers for filming his music video in a slum.

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.

Watch the video for ‘Wish U Well’ below:



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