Rap star Wyclef Jean has officially stepped down as the head of his non-profit organization Yéle Haiti, as he prepares to run for President of Haiti.
According to reports, Derek Q. Johnson will take over Jean’s role at Yéle Haiti, which raised almost $10 million dollars for victims of an earthquake that leveled the city of Port-Au-Prince and left some 250,000 residents dead and another 3 million displaced.
Derek Q. Johnson is known for his work in revitalizing the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
“For the past five years, Yéle has been a huge part of life for me, my wife, Claudinette, and the rest of our family, and I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish for the country and people we love,” Wyclef Jean, 37, said in a statement. “I have learned many important lessons from my experience with Yéle, most notably the incredible power of individuals united by a sense of purpose and community.”
According to analysts, the Grammy-Award winning rapper could easily win the seat in Haiti’s highest office on November 28th, due to his popularity in the country amongst the youth.