By John Ikani
US YouTuber and philanthropist, Mr. Beast, has garnered both praise and criticism following his announcement of constructing 100 wells in Africa.
In a video that has garnered over 48 million views since its release on Saturday, Mr. Beast showcased the creation of 52 wells in rural Kenyan communities and an additional 48 in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Somalia, and Cameroon.
Many have lauded Mr. Beast for his assistance to these rural communities while also pointing fingers at African governments for misusing funds intended for similar projects.
Jimmy Donaldson, widely known as Mr. Beast, boasts a YouTube following of 207 million subscribers, making him the most-followed account on the platform.
“I understand it may seem unusual for a YouTuber to take on such projects, but if no one else steps up, we will. It genuinely transforms the lives of the communities where we implement these wells,” said Mr. Beast, explaining his motivation for the initiative.
However, certain Africans have criticized him, contending that his video reinforces the stereotype of Africa as a poverty-stricken continent.
Concerns have also been raised about the potential environmental repercussions of these wells, as some fear they may contribute to groundwater depletion.
In response, Mr. Beast has stood by his philanthropic efforts, asserting that he will always leverage his platform to aid people and motivate others to do the same.