Last week Amber Rose was invited to the mother lands of all mother lands Ghana to host their annual Vodaphone O2O Live music concert. Whilst there Amber visited an Islamic school in a small village and spoke to a group of young girls. She talked about the importance of education, making life setting decisions and the importance of ‘Girl Power’.
Not long after posting photos from her trip on Twitter there was uproar from many Ghanaians. They didn’t appreciate the fact that she focused on capturing photos of people living in poverty as opposed to those in more affluent areas.
People have to understand that this is my first time in Africa. This is not my culture. I have never been here so if I said anything to hurt anyone’s feelings then I am really really sorry. I saw that a lot of people on twitter said ‘don’t just show the poverty, show the rich people’. But for me, the rich people aren’t doing anything for the little kids and the people that are living in poverty so I don’t want to go hang out with the rich people.
I wanted to see the kids in poverty. I grew up very poor. So I wanted to go see them, help them, talk to them and inspire them to let them know they could possibly be somebody great. They can be somebody great. So I want everyone in Ghana to know that I wasn’t just saying that ‘Ghana is a poor country and no one should ever come here.’ Anyone that I have spoken to about Ghana since I have been here, I have been saying that it’s such an amazing place. And I’m sorry for not posting pictures of rich people, but it just wasn’t for me to do. – Amber Rose