Ghana’s Hip Hop icon, M.anifest, is no stranger to receiving awards for his amazing work.
The musician has won a number of awards both at home and abroad. However, this latest addition will certainly occupy a special place in his heart.
There is nothing as fulfilling as having your former university celebrate you for what you have done since graduation.
We just reported that the rapper had been awarded The Distinguished Citizen Award by his alma mater, Macalester College.
The Distinguished Citizen Award from Macalester College recognizes alumni who have exercised leadership in civic, social, religious, and professional activities.
It is given because the Macalester community believes that a college education should be the training and inspiration for unselfish and effective service to the community, the nation, and the world.
Recipients, such as M.anifest demonstrate a practical acceptance of these obligations in their lives and work.
In a citation announcing M.anfest as a winner of this award, the college wrote the following about him:
“When Kwame Amet Tsikata [M.anifest] returned to Ghana, the internationally acclaimed hip hop artist put on a free concert for the neighborhood he grew up in.
“Being able to have 5,000 to 10,000 people experience a free concert, a lot of whom wouldn’t be able to afford it, brought vibrancy to the neighborhood,” he says.
After majoring in economics at Macalester, M.anifest went on to win City Pages’ Best Songwriter in the Twin Cities, release five solo albums, and collaborate with superstars like Erykah Badu, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers). The Guardian UK has described M.anifest as “the foremost rapper on the [African] continent.”
His accomplishments extend beyond music. M.anifest uses his platform to promote social good and advance the arts. As a UNICEF ambassador, M.anifest works to improve the lives of adolescent girls, tackling issues like anemia, child marriage, and gender-based violence. Through his work with Impact Hub, M.anifest raises funds for people in Ghana to pursue creative projects. “As someone who has a young fan base, it’s important to not just entertain, but also push resources to enable folks to develop tools and skills,” he says. He co-founded Giant Steps in Minneapolis, an interactive conference for artists and entrepreneurs to connect and collaborate.
“Macalester put a premium on genuine connections,” says M.anifest. “That was pivotal for deepening my relationships with people from different parts of the world. Fostering a world with greater cooperation begins with that kind of micro level individual connection.”
Congratulations to M.anifest!
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