On the plane I listened to Jake Bugg via the in flight entertainment. British Airways describe him as a ‘working class Nottingham boy done good’. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of him. Stories of life in Nottingham, knives and drugs, places I’ve heard of, drifted past as I drifted through the clouds towards Ghana.
When we get to Ghana and meet the Comic Relief team one of them turns out to be from Nottingham too. I mention I’d listened to Jake Bugg on the plane. She tells me he benefited from a Comic Relief funded project that helps young people in Nottingham get into music. He’s won a Mercury Award too. Hmmm, I think, how did I miss this?
Then I find myself in Accra being introduced to Emmanuel, a young man who has just received a Mobile Phone Rework Station from a project Comic Relief funds. He’s really excited because it means the start of his business, of earning a living and being financially independent.
Jake Bugg comes from my home town, he’s been all over the media and I still managed to miss him. I see so many similarities in two young men benefiting from Comic Relief, thousands of miles apart. Both could tell a tale of challenging home towns too. But today all Emmanuel wanted to tell me about was this new gadget and how excited he was to get learning.
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