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Meet Jake, the darling African kid breaking social media

Eureka! We found the origin of the pensive looking African boy meme.


If you have been searching and wondering about the origin of the famous meme of a young African boy seated at a desk, with a pensive look on his face, frantically writing on a piece of paper, your search is finally over. The boy’s name is Jake. The picture is currently amongst one of the continent’s most famous and widely shared memes and it was taken by Ghanaian artist, Solomon Adufah.


An iconic picture depicting a young African boy seated at a desk, with a pensive look on his face, frantically writing on a piece of paper is currently amongst one of Africa if not the world’s most famous and widely shared memes right now.

Social media users across Africa have been asking about the origins of this iconic image, the identity of the boy and context within which the image was taken. The picture of the chubby looking boy, has “given life” to many social media users and the image continues to set tongues wagging on the Internet. The picture has been edited and widely shared on various social media platforms.
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