Wyclef Jean, the Grammy-award winning musician and Saddle River resident, is considering a run for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, according to several published reports.
He told The Associated Press in a recent interview that he intended to be involved in the Novermber 28, 2010 election, but not necessarily as a candidate.
The rapper will announce his bid for the country’s highest office next Thursday, on August 5th.
Wyclef Jean, 37 years, born on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince (Haiti) but left his country as a child at the age of 9 years and grew up in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn.
As a member of The Fugees and as a solo artist, Wyclef has sold millions of records, in addition to collaborating with artists like Paul Simon, Gloria Estefen, Destiny’s Child, Carlos Santana and others.
The rapper sprung into action on January 12th, when his native land was leveled by a 7.0 earthquake that left 300,000 people dead over a million others displaced.
Even prior to the earthquake, Wyclef Jean’s organization Yele Haiti raised funds for the country, but after the deadly earthquake, the rapper helped raise over $10 million dollars in less than three months.
Wyclef Jean has until August 7, 2010 to decide whether or not to run for president in his native Haiti.