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Sunday 23 April 2017

Wyclef Jean takes up academic role

Wyclef Jean has accepted a role at Brown University
Wyclef Jean has accepted a role at Brown University

Wyclef Jean has accepted an academic role at a prestigious US university.

Rhode Island's Brown University, an Ivy League school, said the hip-hop singer took up his appointment as a visiting fellow in its Department of Africana Studies for the 2010-11 academic year.

The university added Wyclef - who made his first visit to the campus on Monday and attended two inaugural lectures - will engage in activities related to its Haiti Initiative, including lectures, faculty conversations and classes.

The 37-year-old singer said his time at Brown will be "a period of learning and reflection".

Wyclef announced a bid for Haiti's presidency in August but ended it last month.

No official reasons were given for his exclusion, although he is presumed not to have met constitutional requirements such as living in Haiti.

Wyclef grew up in New York and lives in New Jersey.

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