An A-level student raises more than £25,000 for a homeless man who ‘looks like Stormzy’ after a video of him reacting politely to hecklers mocking him on the street went viral.
The man, identified as Akwasi, 29, was filmed reacting calmly to passers-by, who have not been identified after they tried to make fun of him and said he was ‘Stormzy’ as he ‘begged’ outside London’s Liverpool Station before tossing him 5p.
The video, which was filmed by an unknown person, was shared on Twitter by London-based student Najma Abdilahi, who said she was impressed by how he had remained ‘very calm’ and ‘very polite’ in the face of ‘disrespect’.
The clip has since been viewed more than 2.3million times and the GoFundMe campaign launched by Najma has received more than £25,000 in donations in just 24 hours.
Stormzy’s manager has also been in touch with Najma, although she did not discuss the details of their exchange.
The man, identified as Akwasi, 29, was filmed calmly telling passers-by, who have not been identified, that he ‘is not Stormzy’ after they tried to taunt him outside Liverpool Station before tossing him 5p (left). Right, Akwasi in a video thanking well-wishers for their generous support.
The video, which was filmed by an unknown person, was shared on Twitter by London-based student Najma Abdilahi, who said she was impressed by how he had remained ‘very calm’ and ‘very polite’ in the face of ‘disrespect’. Najma, pictured, launched a fundraising campaign.
The homeless man who was compared to Stomrzy has since had more than £24,000 raised for him. Stormzy is pictured at KISS FM in December 2019. His manager has contacted Najma
In the original clip, which was first posted to TikTok, a man behind the camera tell Akwasi: ‘Brother, I listen to all your songs’.
Akwasi quickly clarifies he’s not Stormzy, ‘ ‘I just look like him, I’m from the same country, everyone calls me Stromzy, but I’m not, I swear on my mum’s life. I’m out here begging.’ The man filming then gives Akwasi 5p.
Writing on her GoFundMe, Najma explained she was moved by Akwasi’s polite and composed reaction to his treatment.