Still wondering what’s up with this Meme?…Here’s the answer for you.
If you have been around Social Media today you may have came across a few memes showing a young African boy seated at a desk, with a serious face and frantically writing on a piece of paper.
Well here’s a bit of the story about it:
The boy’s name is Jake, his picture is currently amongst one of the continent’s most famous and widely shared memes and picture was shot by Carlos Cortes (CBS Chicago Emmy Award Winning Photographer) . Appearing on Solom Adufah’s Instagram, the photo was originally posted on the 5th of January as part of the artist’s ‘homeland series’ where he travels to various African countries to help underprivileged children in local communities, providing them with resources and teaching creative studies workshops.
And below here’s some of the meme’s that went abuzz on Social Media:
Pravin writes his fire speech just after being charged. pic.twitter.com/X9GUVGEGjN
— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) October 26, 2016
You: But I was here just 30 minutes ago, do you really have to sign me in again?
New Security Guard: pic.twitter.com/E6RzgNUdxd
— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) October 24, 2016
Adufah took it to Instagram to present Jake and this is what he said:
LETS SUPPORT JAKE: Contribute to his education. Link in my bio to Donate.
The Internet has a way of visually misrepresenting positive images and people often troll shedding negative light on priceless unique moments. In the past several weeks I’ve been receiving emails, texts and tags to speak upon this image which has turned into an Internet meme for people to make jokes off. I wish the positive aspect of this image will go viral instead of how it’s being portrayed as. I understand it’s something I can’t control. I can only continue to positively impact the lives of people with my talent and purpose. Everyone Say Hi to my buddy Jake. This was moments in Ghana during my Art workshop with the kids. Each kid received brand new set of crayons, pencil colors, pencils, toys and other wonderful goodies. The expressions on their faces were heartfelt. People often ask me why and how I’m able to continue helping children through my #HomelandGhana mission. The truth is, it’s never about me. There are 3 things that comes first before my talent. My faith in God, Purpose in Life and the People who inspire my work. To me, my work has no value without these three. I’ve experienced first hand the impact just the little act of kindness can make in the lives of the less privileged. The amount of joy and happiness they have in their heart despite their living conditions speaks volume about their inner beauty. Jake was one of the children I taught in Ghana. He was always gentle and quiet.. Ever present in class and was eager to learn everyday. That’s what I loved about all the children. Their enthusiasm and high spirit was refreshing and encouraged me to continue helping them. shot by: @therealcarloscort