Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
URBANE and versatile rapper, King 98, says sharing and giving run in his DNA.
The 22-year-old said his late father and tycoon Thompson Dondo taught them to bring cheer to the poor by sharing.
Dondo died in January this year after a short illness.
His death was not only a loss to the business community but charities and individuals he supported.
However, King 98 who handed over groceries to Harare Children’s Home midweek, told H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle he was determined to fulfil his father’s wish and change needy people’s lives.
“Giving to these needy is something that I have learnt from my father who was the patron of the Alfred Dondo Foundation.
“My father believed in sharing and helping the poor and that made him a darling for many people.
“I’m also one person who have a soft spot for children and I hope someone from this place will be happy today,” he said.
The Kachiri hit-maker, who was accompanied by his management, assured authorities as the facility housing 85 children that he will continue assisting them.
“I’m a phone call away and I will always welcome you. My arms are always open if you need anything.
“You only need to give me a phone call and I will assist you in the best way I can.
“I have always believed in assisting others. If you have kids blessed in sport, you can always let me know,” he said.
Music wise, King 98 said he was now mentally fit to carry on from where he left after being drained by the death of his father.
“I feel I am now ready to work hard and continue pushing my music with the help of my mother.
“I feel like I can do better or 10 times that what I was doing because I have been show the way and how it should be done.
“This year I have done an EP (titled Long Live) and a single Olala (featuring Tanzanian star Rayvanny).
“We are studio doing more stuff expected before the end of the year or early next year,” said the rapper who has collaborated with African giants comprising Davido, Nasty C, Zlatan among others.
Meanwhile, authorities at Harare Children’s Home were all smiles after King 98’s visit.
“We are so happy after receiving this help from King 98 and his team because we didn’t expect it.
“We have 85 children here and 35 staff complement who need food, especially the young children.
“Of course, we run self-help projects at the school like poultry but it’s never enough.
“As you know, children need three decent meals per day and King 98’s donation has come at a right time,” said Kumbirai Tipedze, one of the administrators at the orphanage.
Tipedze, who also works with a team of dedicated social workers comprising Gladys Matiza and Stelia Chikana, hailed King 98 for remembering young children.
“Today the kids will be very happy because of what you have done to them by sharing what you have.
“Things we do for our children have lasting impressions and today you have done a good job.
“This is what the kids need to be cheered up and as a team of social workers, we are also doing our best to ensure they are happy,” she added.
She however appealed to well-wishers to assist them rehabilitate the security fence which was vandalised.
“We have been looking for donations from well-wishers to assist us in erecting a precast security wall here because our security fence has been destroyed,” she said.
Harare Children’s home was established in 1918, courtesy of the Weseyan Church Synod who initiated the establishment of the home.
The centre started with 11 homeless orphans as a result of the post-World War 1 depression.
Over the years, the place grew to become a safe haven for the homeless as it caters for orphans from various backgrounds.