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Ghanaian boy meme The true story behind the viral photo

The real story behind the cute meme of the little Ghanaian boy has been revealed and it will melt your heart.

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Jake, the Internet sensation play

Jake, the Internet sensation

(Instagram/Solomon Adufah)

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A couple days of days ago, the photo of an African kid scribbling on a piece of a paper trended on Twitter.

The serious facial expression of the kid proved too hard to resist for the meme army on Twitter. The cute Ghanaian boy now belongs to the meme hall of fame. Behind every meme is a true story, and the real back story to this photo has been revealed.

Solomon Adufah, a Ghanaian artist based in Chicago has revealed the story behind the photo on his Instagram post yesterday, Wednesday, October 26, 2016.


"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.

Solomon Adufah play

Solomon Adufah

(Instagram/Solomon Adufah )


"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.

Jake, the Internet meme play

Jake, the Internet meme

(Instagram/SolomonAdufah )


"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.

Solomon Adufah with the kids play

Solomon Adufah with the kids

(Instagram/SolomonAdufah )


"He was always gentle and quiet.. Ever present in class and was eager to learn every day. That's what I loved about all the children. Their enthusiasm and high spirit was refreshing and encouraged me to continue helping them.

Solomon Adufah is also a philanthropist dedicated to helping Ghanaian kids.

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