Budding seven-year-old Ugandan singer, Patrick Ssenyonjo alias Fresh Kid whose popularity keeps growing by the day has in the latest development been awarded a full education scholarship at Kampala Parents’ School by Ruparelia Foundation.
The rapper was awarded the scholarship by the Managing Director, Ruparelia Foundation, Rajiv Ruparelia in his office in Kampala.
“Today, I met a young man called Fresh Kid - I was moved by his ambition being only 7 years old. I would love to see him become a guide and inspiration to many young people out there hence, Ruparelia Foundation is presenting this young man with a full scholarship from the Ruparelia Foundation to go to Kampala Parents’ School,” wrote Rajiv Ruparelia on social media platforms.
Owned by business tycoon, Sudhir Ruparelia, Kampala Parents’ School is one of the most prestigious private primary schools in the country. It is largely children from the affluent households that study there.
Fresh Kid who is born in a low-earning family, is known for songs such as Banteeka and his latest hit ‘Bambi’ in which he appeals to the Minister of State for Youth and Children, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, not to block his singing career.
The song followed statements made by the Minister in which she directed that Fresh Kid ceases to work (sing) when his peers are in school learning.
Quoting the law, Minister Nakiwala said Fresh Kid was too young to have a job.
Raiiv Ruparelia’s actions have been since appreciated by several Ugandans praising him for his charitable act.
Ayivu county Member of Parliament and Chairperson Parliamebtary Forum on Children, Benard Atiku appreciated Rajiv for the kind heart.
“That is the right thing you have done for this innocent soul. Allow me to say thank you on behalf of the Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children. God bless you. This came timely as Uganda joined the world in commemorating the International Day of Street children,” Atiku said.
Nakaseke South MP, Paulsen Lutamaguzi said, “I have loved this Young man Rajiv he has a rare nice heart… Iam inspired as a member of parliament representing a rural constituency of Nakaseke neighbouring Fresh kid’s rural home of Luwero.”
He added, “Whoever comes across Fresh kid Iam ready to give him 500,000/= for school uniforms. My office is at parliament of Uganda room E317. Atleast he should come by 25th this month of April.”
Recently, Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, the MP for Kasambya county said he was willing to sponsor studio time for Fresh Kid to release a song.
In recent days, there have been reports that the Minister intended to enroll the musician in a boarding school. However, Fresh Kid, his family, his music manager and a section of the public have condemned the move which they say is aimed at curtailing his freedom to sing.