September 17, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

One of the perks that comes with being famous is having a lot more money than anyone else. Wealthy celebrities get to spend money on houses with space they’ll never use, or the latest car or electronics they don’t really need.

They don’t have to budget or give a second thought to where their money is going. All they have to do is swipe their card, a relief many ordinary citizens would do anything to have for themselves.

Emmanuel Jal and Treana Peak at the fundraising event
For Emmanuel Jal, a South Sudanese-Canadian artist, actor, former child soldier, and political activist, it appears it is no different.

 

Emmanuel Jal has earned his net worth as a young musician from Sudan who has recorded and released six studio albums.

His net worth has been estimated by Celebrity Net Worth to be in the region of $3 million (US – not Canada dollars). That means more than 390 million South Sudanese Pounds.

He was born in 1980 in the village of Tonj in southern Sudan; he was only a child at the start of the Second Sudanese Civil War.

He was seven when his mother was killed by soldiers; his father was member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

After losing his mother Jal decided to join the thousands of children traveling to Ethiopia the children were they could be educated there.

Jal was befriended there by Emma McCune a British aid worker who was married to senior SPLA commandant Riek Machar.
Jal was befriended there by Emma McCune a British aid worker who was married to senior SPLA commandant Riek Machar.

However this was a lie and Jal along with the other children was force to become soldiers and fight in the war. After several years of fighting Jal and some of the others ran away and wound up in Waat.

Jal was befriended there by Emma McCune a British aid worker who was married to senior SPLA commandant Riek Machar. McCune adopted Emmanuel and smuggled him to Kenya, and there he was finally able to attend school in Nairobi.

After McCune died her friends (Madeliene Bunting and Anna Ledgard) helped Emmanuel to continue his studies. However, Machar the husband of McCune did not want Emmanuel staying with him, so he was forced to live in the slums. He has formed several groups.

 

His first single, “All We Need Is Jesus”, was a hit in Kenya and received airplay in the UK.

Jal hopes that his music will help form a unity of the citizens to overcome ethnic and religious division and motivate the youth in Sudan. In 2008 C. Karim Chrobog made a documentary about Emmanuel Jal called War Child.

He does good things with his money too

Emmanuel Jal founded Gua Africa , which gained UK charity status (no. 1123840) and has since been registered in South Sudan (2010) and Kenya (2011). The word Gua (pronounced gwaah) means peace in Nuer, a Nilo-Saharan language spoken by the Nuer people of South Sudan and Ethiopia. It is also the title of Emmanuel Jal’s debut number one single.

Net Worth: $3 Million
Date of Birth: 1980
Gender: Male
Profession: Singer, Musician
Nationality: South Sudan

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