French Montana, in collaboration with Swae Lee, gamma., and SALXCO, has made a substantial donation of 500 canoes to the stilted community of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria. This act of generosity follows the recent release of the music video for the Bronx rapper’s latest track with Swae Lee, titled “Wish U Well,” which was filmed in Makoko. In a press release, it was revealed that French Montana’s decision to employ local craftsmen for the canoe production not only benefits the community but also bolsters the local economy, providing support to the livelihoods of its residents.
French Montana has a consistent track record of engaging in philanthropic efforts, particularly in Africa. In 2017, while shooting the diamond-certified music video for “Unforgettable” with Swae Lee in Africa, he collaborated with the local community to establish the Suubi Health Center. Through financial contributions, matched by others, this initiative opened doors to maternal healthcare for thousands of underserved mothers, women, and children across 55 remote villages, all achieved in partnership with Global Citizen and Mama Hope.
More recently, in June, French Montana teamed up with Informed Immigrant, an organization dedicated to providing information and resources for undocumented immigrants seeking to transition into becoming U.S. citizens. In a YouTube trailer shared by the organization, French discussed his personal journey, from being born in Morocco to coming to the U.S. and his experiences as an undocumented immigrant during his teenage years.
French Montana highlighted the challenges he faced, stating, “When I was 13, my family immigrated to the United States in search of a better life… I remember being 17 and finding out I was undocumented. My family now had to learn to navigate the immigration system on our own.” He emphasized his gratitude for his successful journey and the opportunities he had been afforded.
The trailer also shed light on Informed Immigrant’s mission to provide legal services, mental health support, and assistance in finding partnering organizations for undocumented immigrants.
French Montana’s involvement with Informed Immigrant aligns with the upcoming release of his documentary, “For Khadija,” which delves into his life story, from his Moroccan roots to his rise as a platinum-selling artist in the United States.
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Derek Chan – Editor