British hip hop superstar Stormzy is one generous man.
The ‘Big For Your Boots’ rapper has donated £9,000 ($10,000) to an Oxford University student so she can attend Harvard University.
Fiona Asiedu, from south London, started a Crowdfunding page to raise £12,000 ($15,000) to complete her human development and psychology masters degree at the prestigious American institute.
On her appeal page, called #SW2Harvard, she posted: ‘As a young black woman, from an inner city, working class background, this is such an amazing opportunity.’
‘Ultimately, I believe that this will encourage young people from similar backgrounds to aspire for greatness and reach their full potential! I really do hope that I am able to make my vision into a reality WITH YOUR HELP!’
Fiona’s friends shared her campaign on Twitter and it managed to get the attention of Stormzy. He tried to remain anonymous, but when her friends discovered it was him, he blew his cover online.
Fiona’s elated friend, who shared the initial Crowdfunding link online, reached out to Stormzy with an offer of thanks.
She then offered to take him to popular UK chicken restaurant Nando’s.
Writing to the rapper on Twitter: ‘Let me take you to Nando’s for a thank you chicken because this is all you,’ she told Stormzy, after Fiona confirmed she’d reached her fundraising target.
‘Deal!’ he replied.
Twitter was flooded with comments praising Stormzy for his generosity.
Judith Vickress wrote: ‘I love this, what a lovely man.’ Natassja Zielinski added: ‘Seriously why do I feel that Stormzy’s got our backs as much as we’ve got his.’
Miss Asiedu told the Evening Standard: “I’m overwhelmed, I’m still in shock. I woke up and was just really confused that it was saying my target had been met so soon.’
‘I met Stormzy when he visited the Afro-Carribean club in Oxford but it was quite brief, everyone was just scrabbling to get in a picture. He didn’t know who I was or anything.’
‘One of my friends tweeted him the fundraiser, he acknowledged it and decided he wanted to donate.’
‘He sent me a good luck message saying he was proud of me and that I must keep on excelling at what I do.’
‘He obviously made a large donation but I want to thank everyone even if they donated 50p.’
After the ‘overwhelming response’ Fiona upped her Crowdfunding target. She is using the extra money to set up a foundation to support other students from low-income backgrounds secure places at prestigious universities.