An A-level student has raised more than £25,000 (which is over 12 million Naira) for a homeless man after a video of his polite reaction to being taunted on the street went viral.
The man who has been identified as 29-year-old, Akwasi, was filmed reacting calmly to passers-by, who have not been identified, after they tried to make fun of him and said he was ‘Stormzy’ as he ‘begged’ outside London’s Liverpool Station.
In the video, a man behind the camera tell Akwasi: ‘Brother, I listen to all your songs’.
Akwasi quickly clarifies he’s not Stormzy, ‘I just look like him, I’m from the same country, everyone calls me Stromzy, but I’m not, I swear on my mum’s life. I’m out here begging.’ The man filming then gives Akwasi 5p.
The touching video was shared on social media by London-based student Najma Abdilahi, who said she was impressed by how he had remained ‘very calm’ and ‘very polite’ in the face of ‘disrespect’.
After the video went viral, a GoFundMe campaign was lauched by the student for Akwasi, and in just 24 hours, over £25,000 has been raised.
Writing on her GoFundMe, Najma wrote;
‘As some you may have seen the video of “Stormzy lookalike” as it has sparked some outrage.
‘I will be raising money to go and donate to him. This money will go towards finding him a stable place and will help him with any financial problems he may have. The man very humble and very polite to the disrespect that was shown to him.
‘May he be blessed with the money that he receives. He’s homeless so this money is going towards helping him get back on his feet and hopefully be the kickstart he needs for the future. He’s located at Liverpool Street Station. If you see him please be kind and generous.’