By Sharin Hussain
They kept telling him he’s a role model, when rapper Krept turned up at a school assembly.
As a result, the pupils were probably humming that line from his song Cheating On Wifey which goes “They keep telling me that I’m a role model.”
The multi-MOBO-winning artist visited Bacon’s College, in Rotherhithe for Black History Month.
The rapper was quizzed in a Q&A session and watched students perform their own songs.
Bacon’s College chaplin, Reverend Nicky Teverson said: “We have been focusing on the diverse, rich and at times challenging aspects of black history through assemblies, discussing identity and belonging to historical facts focusing on the journey and arrival of Caribbean and African people to UK.
“Black history has influenced who we are today – it is part of us.”
Krept, real name Casyo Valentine Johnson, grew up in Gipsy Hill and launched the Positive Direction foundation, with Croydon council, which provides workshops in music production, engineering and song writing for youths.
The rapper’s “name rings bells like after school”, amassing global success with more than 100,000 copies sold from their 2017 mixtapes 7 Days and 7 Nights, according to the Official Charts Company.
Throughout October, Bacon’s College in Timber Pond Road, gave students the opportunity to meet various role models in different industries.
Lianne Sanderson, Sky Sports pundit and former professional footballer, also spoke of her experience as a trailblazer in women’s football and did a training session with the girls’ football team.
Dr Desire Onwochei, a consultant anaesthetist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust spoke to sixth-form students and aspiring medics about careers in medicine and research.
Author of children’s book Tobias, the Dream Adventurer, Destynee Onwochei, hosted an English workshop while Lillian Okolie, chief executive of The Reach Out Project and Chartered Accountant spoke to business studies students about how she went from accountant to starting up her own charity.
Property developer of Grand Estates, Matthew Azubike, shared entrepreneurial tips and Andria Asare Anderson, Afro hair specialist worked with textiles students on their hair for the Evening of Excellence catwalk show.
Drums and Flats founders, Daniel Opokubaah and Khamisi, held a Dragon’s Den style workshop and provided incredible food for their Evening of Excellence while Nostalgia Steel band performed and held a drumming workshop for students.
Year 8 student, Shenika said: “As a black person, Black History Month is a topic that’s close to me, and it’s important for me to be able to express it as my own.”
Later this month, Ashleigh Jadee, film director and founder of URG FILMS will spend a day working with media students.
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