Rapper urges young to shape their own destiny
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.”