Rap­per urges young to shape their own des­tiny

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

TINIE Tem­pah has urged young peo­ple not to rely on any “per­son, gov­ern­ment or par­ents” to shape their fu­ture.

The 28-year-old rap­per, whose real name is Pa­trick Okogwu, grew up on a coun­cil es­tate in south Lon­don and said he never wanted to “leave my des­tiny in any­one’s hands”.

Tem­pah was guest speaker at the One Young World sum­mit in Bo­gota, Colom­bia. Talk­ing af­ter his speech, he said he was “not sure” whether the UK Gov­ern­ment was do­ing enough to foster an en­tre­pre­neur­ial among young­sters.

He said: “I grew up on a coun­cil es­tate in south Lon­don, I wasn’t re­ally aware about what the UK Gov­ern­ment could do for me or not, that’s just the hon­est truth. That’s just spirit not where your head is, your head is just think­ing how do I sur­vive and how do I over­come the sit­u­a­tion I’m in now.

“Not to say it’s the worst sit­u­a­tion, but you want to do bet­ter for your­self. I al­ways saw it that, be­cause of our sit­u­a­tion, we were be­hind and so we had a lot of catch­ing up to do. So, to be hon­est, I don’t know whether they are do­ing enough or not, all I know is I’ve never wanted to leave my des­tiny in any­one’s hands and I don’t think any­one should.”

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