Stormzy donates £9,000 to a student's Harvard crowdfunding campaign


Stormzy has donated £9,000 to a student's crowdfunding campaign so that she can study at Harvard in America.

Fiona Asiedu, an Oxford University student, had aimed to raise £12,000 in four weeks to be able to pay her tuition fees and other costs.

But it took less than 24 hours for her to reach her goal - thanks mostly to Stormzy's donation.

The rapper retweeted an appeal to him to donate to Fiona's campaign on Monday - and then gave money to her himself.

Stormzy's representatives confirmed to Newsbeat that the donation - which was initially made under his real name Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Junior - was from the grime artist.

His name has since been changed so it's anonymous.

Fiona Asiedu, from Tulse Hill in south London, will start her course in human development and psychology in August.

Fiona Asiedu

The only comment Stormzy has made on the campaign is in reply to a supporter of Fiona's campaign.

Fiona Asiedu, 21, said on her crowdfunding page that she estimated she needed £59,000 for "tuition, health, rent & utilities, books & supplies, transportation and personal expenses" over her one-year course.

She was vice-president of Oxford University's African and Caribbean society last year, which Stormzy visited last March.

Fiona says on her crowdfunding page that she initially had second thoughts about going to Oxford, saying "people like me don't go to Oxford, I will feel uncomfortable and will not enjoy myself".

"I don't regret it and if I had to make the decision again, I would choose Oxford for a 2nd time."

In thanking God for her target being met, Fiona made a reference to a Stormzy lyric, tweeting: "BLINDED. BY. HIS. GRACE."

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