Croydon rapper Michael Dapaah paid a visit to the site of the OnSide Youth Zone being built in his hometown. 'Legacy' will open next summer and the star was given a guided tour of the site by local young people, telling them how brilliant an initiative he thought it was while vowing to get as involved as he can.
On Wednesday 26th September, Dapaah visited the Youth Zone site alongside close friend Joel Beya, one of the brains behind the CheekySport YouTube channel and Kiera-Nicole Brennan, who at just 19 years old is one of the youngest TV presenters in the country as one of the host of Channel 5’s Milkshake.
Dapaah began producing comedy sketch videos in his spare time whilst studying theatre, film and television at Brunel University in 2011, aged 20. He has since amassed over one million YouTube subscribers following the launch of his mockumentary series, ‘Somewhere in London’, in 2017 and was voted Personality of the Year at this year’s GRM Daily Rated Awards. His big break came in the form of Big Shaq, a character portrayed by Dapaah in his series whose freestyle rap ‘Man’s Not Hot’, recorded on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Fire in the Booth, was an instant viral hit.
Michael said: “I think this is an amazing initiative, I wish I had it when we were growing up. In terms of facilities and what Legacy will offer the youth, it will keep them engaged. A lot of the time, young people don’t have things to do and they’re bored. There’s been a lot of thought into it which is brilliant – I will definitely be coming down!”
Set to open in 2019 in Selhurst, the Youth Zone will serve the young people in the borough aged 8-19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities with them paying just £5 annual membership and 50p per visit.