The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, reportedly donated $50,000 to the University of Toronto to help get their Ethiopic studies program up & running.
According to The Toronto Star, The Weeknd, whose parents moved to Canada from Ethiopia, responded immediately after the University reached out for help. Tam Gebeyehu, board member of the Bikila Award organization, told the publication that, “It’s unbelievable. He grew up in Toronto as an Ethiopian-Canadian, and now he’s giving back to the community.”
It seems as though The Weeknd’s money had already been put to good use. The first program, the study of ancient Ethiopian language, is set to start within the year.