I was excited to read recently that Africa’s songstress and humanitarian, Yvonne Ntombizodwa Chaka Chaka, has emerged as the first African to receive the World Economic Forum (WEF) Crystal award in Davos, Switzerland.
The South African singer of ‘Ukomoti’ fame was given the award ‘for using her voice to draw attention to the causes that will change the lives of millions, from ending apartheid to improving maternal and child health.’
The award, which started in 2005, is presented to artistes who have used their respective talents to improve the state of the world.
Recipient of these award in the past include Actor Richard Gere, Qincy Jones, Emma Thompson among others.
In its congratulatory message, the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, has commended her for being a good ambassador of the country, its culture and its people.
‘We applaud the wonderful work she does promoting health care and social services development issues in the continent. We are exceptionally proud that the World Economic Forum recognises her this way,’ he said.
President Zuma hopes that this award will encourage more people at home and abroad to work together with governments to address matters, especially those affecting women and children.
A hearty congratulations to mama Africa!