Drake encourages SA youth to be great

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Johannesburg - Canadian Hip Hop Star, Drake, has encouraged young South Africans to do everything they can to realise a brighter future and make their country proud.

The rapper was in South Africa for his own reasons but took time off his schedule to share words of wisdom with young people gathered at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, where he embarked on a walk about.

“I encourage you to do everything you can to make your future as bright as you possibly can. We are all young; we all have some end goal.

“Take it from me. I sat around for a lot of days thinking about my family, my loved ones trying to make the place where I come from proud of me… if I can do it anyone in this room can do it,” he said on Monday evening.

He expressed gratitude for learning a few things about South African history, and said the youth of the country must make their country proud.

Drake was welcomed at the centre by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe and his Deputy, Buti Manamela.

The Deputy Minister said Drake’s visit to the centre was part of the youth month celebrations, as Drake himself is a young person sharing his success story with South African youth. This year marks the 40th anniversary of June 16.

Deputy Minister Manamela said the artist was not paid anything for expanding his visit to the centre and to talk to young people. “Government did not pay him anything,” said Deputy Minister Manamela.

“We are quite grateful to him and his team to come and be part of this. This is one of the most successful artists in the world; he is an inspiration to many young South Africans.

“What is more important is that he is committing on a long standing partnership with our country,” he said. - SAnews.gov.za

Drake at Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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