Michael Blackson has opened up a school that offers free education in his hometown Agona Nsaba, Ghana.
"Today is the greatest day of my life because I’ve finally accomplished what I always wanted to do, which is giving these kids a chance to be great," Blackson captioned a video of himself and others visiting the ribbon cutting for the school. "Greatness starts with education and foundational. Education shouldn’t come with financial barriers."
Last month, the comedian announced on his social media account that the the building had been completed. "Finally it’s all done and the kids in my village will all go to school for free. Thanks to all my fans that supported me thru out the years, every ticket you bought to my show helped a kid. http://MichaelBlacksonFoundation.org," he wrote on his Twitter page.
The 50-year-old is known as "The African King of Comedy." He grew up in Monrovia, Liberia and Ghana before relocating to the United States. When he was 13-years-old, he lived in Newark, New Jersey and then settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was 15. In 2005, Blackson released a comedy sketch CD titled Modasucka: Welcome to America. That same year, he made an appearance on "P. Diddy Presents: The Bad Boys of Comedy" on HBO and starred in a commercial for "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central.