Kiernan Jarryd Forbes (born 28 January 1988), better known by his stage name AKA, is a South African Hip-Hop recording artist who hails from the Mother City – Cape Town.
Few years ago, The SupaMega was embroiled in a beef with Mofasa, better known as Cassper Nyovest. Things have changed; and AKA has become a better person on and off the stage, he is maturing like a fine wine.
During last week’s #WitsHungerStrike & #WitsProtest, students staged their demonstration against the lack of accommodation provided and barriers that remain in place for students with historical debt. AKA reached out to the students at Wits University who are in crisis, he donated R100K to the Wits SRC Humanitarian Fund and provided Mcdonald’s meals to the students.
“I’ve been following the saga unfolding at WITS and I feel like something needs to be done for these kids. These are the very same people we ask for support from when we as public figures need something, yet our indifference and silence in times like these is deafening,” he shared on Twitter.
The rapper further passed on the message to other public figures and leaders to not attach this to politics and to reach out and provide help.
“I hope this will make other celebrities, private citizens and leaders; STOP and THINK about what we can do to help these young people. This is not a political initiative, this is about demonstrating that WE are the only ones who can find solutions for our own problems,” he posted on Twitter.
“I think we need to recognize that the government or the institutions will not have all the answers and that it’s up to us to HELP EACH OTHER … especially people in positions like mine.”
The SupaMega is generally considered as one of the most talented and influential rappers in South Africa and the African continent, praised by fans for evolving Hip-Hop in Africa. In 2015, AKA’s sophomore album Levels is available on a vinyl known as a gramophone record.
Here are photos of AKA’s visit at the University: