Wyclef Jean, whose charity on the ground in Haiti is seeking to repair damage still affecting the infrastructure of the country, has been the most high profile celebrity a-lister to devote money and energy to Haiti’s cause, since the earthquake struck 6 months ago.
This month a number of articles were published in leading newspapers charging that while wealthier nations have been quick to vocally pledge their support for Haiti’s cause they’ve yet to put their money where their mouth is.
In addition, in response to the news, Wyclef noted that charities which have already received millions of dollars have yet to distribute the funds where they are badly needed.
Rumours are now surfacing that the musician turned activist may harbour political ambitions, and that he is considering running for the Haitian Presidency.
Jean has been an ambassador for the country of his birth for some time and has been involved in a number of projects that get young people working.
The rapper, 37, first hit the spotlight in 1996 with the Fugees’ (short for refugees) and in the following years became a household name with his solo albums Carnival and Ecleftic, and hits singles ‘Gone till November’, ‘911’ and ‘We Trying to Stay Alive’.
The elections will take place in Haiti in the autumn. Wyclef will not be gone till November but many think he may run in November.
By Richard Sudan