Amber Rose was invited to Ghana to host their annual Vodaphone O2O Live music concert earlier this week. The 28 year-old flew out to the Motherland and took a moment to visit a small village and speak to a group of young girls at a small Islamic school. There, she talked about about Girl Power and stressed the importance of education and making the right life decisions.
Shortly after she posted the photos above of the people in the villiage, many Ghanians on Twitter did not like the fact that she focused on capturing photos of people living in poverty as opposed to those in more affluent areas:
“People have to understand that this is my first time in Africa. This is not my culture. I have never been here so if I said anything to hurt anyone’s feelings then I am reall really sorry. I saw that a lot of people on twitter said ‘don’t just show the poverty, show the rich people’. But for me, the rich people aren’t doing anything for the little kids and the people that are living in poverty so I don’t want to go hang out with the rich people.
I wanted to see the kids in poverty. I grew up very poor. So I wanted to go see them, help them, talk to them and inspire them to let them know they could possibly be somebody great. They can be somebody great. So I want everyone in Ghana to know that I wasn’t jus saying that ‘Ghana is a poor country and no one should ever come here.’ Anyone that I have spoken to about Ghana since I have been here, I have been saying that it’s such an amazing place. And I’m sorry for not posting pictures of rich people, but it just wasn’t for me to do.”
Amber later made an interesting point about what she observed in Africa in terms of social class and noticed that the people there were either “extremely rich or extremely poor, with no middle class.”