Here's the story behind the 'serious child' meme
There’s absolutely no doubt that you’ve come across this adorable picture of a serious-looking boy who’s writing something down on paper.
South Africans in particular have really taken to his picture.
The intense concentration on the little boy's face sparked a barrage of internet memes where he is being compared to a class prefect , to security guard to a traffic officer.
The young boy's identity has finally been revealed and the heartwarming story behind the picture as well.
The little boy's name is Jake Amo and he's from Ghana. His picture was taken in August 2015 he was 4 years old at the time.
Jake's photograph was taken by Carlos Cortes, who was documenting Ghananian born US-based artist Solomon Adufah's work teaching fine arts in an outreach programme.
The programme called Homeland Series, later inspired a series of paintings.
Adufah wrote on Instagram alongside the now-famous picture of Jake that the little boy was an enthusiastic learner who was 'gentle and quiet'
“Jake was one of the children I taught in Ghana. He was always gentle and quiet. Ever present in class and was eager to learn every day‚”
Although Adufah expressed his displeasure at the “negative light” being shed on a “priceless unique moment”. “I wish the positive aspect of this image will go viral instead of how it’s being portrayed as.” he continued on his post. His photographer friend Cortes reposted and echoed these sentiments.
Not one to be deterred, Adufah is now using the viral image for good by starting a fund raising campaign for Jake and his classmates.
“My ultimate goal is to one day help build an art school in Ghana,” he told ThisIsAfricaLETS SUPPORT JAKE: Contribute to his education. Link in my bio to Donate or visit: WWW.GOFUNDME.COM/HOMELANDGHANA The Internet has a way of visually misrepresenting positive images and people often troll shedding negative light on priceless unique moments. In the past several weeks I've been receiving emails, texts and tags to speak upon this image which has turned into an Internet meme for people to make jokes off. I wish the positive aspect of this image will go viral instead of how it's being portrayed as. I understand it's something I can't control. I can only continue to positively impact the lives of people with my talent and purpose. Everyone Say Hi to my buddy Jake. This was moments in Ghana during my Art workshop with the kids. Each kid received brand new set of crayons, pencil colors, pencils, toys and other wonderful goodies. The expressions on their faces were heartfelt. People often ask me why and how I'm able to continue helping children through my #HomelandGhana mission. The truth is, it's never about me. There are 3 things that comes first before my talent. My faith in God, Purpose in Life and the People who inspire my work. To me, my work has no value without these three. I've experienced first hand the impact just the little act of kindness can make in the lives of the less privileged. The amount of joy and happiness they have in their heart despite their living conditions speaks volume about their inner beauty. Jake was one of the children I taught in Ghana. He was always gentle and quiet.. Ever present in class and was eager to learn everyday. That's what I loved about all the children. Their enthusiasm and high spirit was refreshing and encouraged me to continue helping them. shot by: @therealcarloscort #Africa #Ghana #Positivity #viral #inspiration #homelandseriesghana #share #love #peace #impact #philanthropist #artist #meme #SouthAfrica #Kenya
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