Davido has come up with a new way to celebrate his birthday. The Nigerian-American artist turns 29-years old today (Nov. 21) and he plans to donate 250,000,000 Nigerian naira (over $600,000) to orphanages across Nigeria.
The Afrobeats star raised most of the funds via Twitter after he jokingly requested for his fans — and fellow artists — to send him money. “If u know I’ve given you a hit song .. send me money,” Davido wrote on Twitter earlier this week.
He tweeted his Wema bank account information and told his followers he needed 100 million naira ($243,000) to clear his Rolls-Royce from a port. Within minutes, Davido had raised over $15,000 and by the end of the day he shared an image of his account with a balance of over $230,000.
“Ain’t even showed my wallet yet! Madness,” he tweeted a day later as the amount continued to rise. On Saturday (Nov. 20), he announced in a written statement on Instagram that he received over $485,000 in donations and the money would be given to orphanages in Nigeria and the Paroche Foundation — a Nigerian organization that aims to end substance abuse.
“I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to my friends, colleagues, fans, and the public for the generous expressions of love in recent days,” Davido wrote. “In my usual playful manner, I requested a few days ago that my friends and colleagues send money in celebration of my birthday. The response and outcome exceeded my expectations.”
The “Fall” singer added that he would be making a personal donation of 50 million naira ($120,000) and he listed a disbursement committee that will identify orphanages that need the funds. “My goal is to do this fundraising every year to celebrate my birthday and give back to people in need,” Davido ended the statement. “It is my hope that my friends, fans, colleagues in the industry and the public will continue to support me as I drive this cause.”
Check out Davido’s official statement below: