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A chubby-cheeked little boy whose serious expression turned him into a meme could end up educating an entire village; 4-year-old Jake has become one of the most famous schoolchildren in South Africa since people began sharing a picture of him, joking he was everything from a grumpy driving instructor to an unimpressed security guard.


Jake lives thousands of miles north, in a small village in eastern Ghana, unaware of his new-found fame and till Wednesday, not even the man, Carlos Cortes, who took the photograph knew it had proved such a hit.


Cameraman Carlos Cortes travelled to Ghana in 2015 to make a documentary about Solomon Adufah, an artist returning to his home country from the US; the picture of Jake, then four, was one of hundreds taken by Cortes while Adufah taught art and creative studies to the children. According to Cortes, "I just caught Jake in the moment of his teaching, he definitely has a pensive look on his face."



After Adufah shared it on his Instagram account, it went viral though he was unsure of how to react to the posts, worried they were making fun of Jake. "I thought, I'm not going to respond," the 27-year-old told the BBC. "But then I remember a moment when I thought, what if all these 'likes' turned into actual funds to help? I remember one day we spent 20 minutes just trying to make sure we had enough pencils for all the kids. That's what the campaign is really about," Mr Cortes said. 


So Adufah, who has lived in the US since he was 16, set up a fundraising campaign, hoping Jake will really inspire people to turn their likes into cash to help pay for his education, and that of the other children in the village and within 24 hours, it had raised $2,000 (£1,642) - 10% of its target.



Adufah said: "This money could make a huge difference to the kids - this could be something really positive going forward." A documentary about Adufah's time in Ghana is being finished at the moment.

Photo Credit: 
Carlos Cortes

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