Africa needs to invest on its children’s future: Angélique Kidjo
By Demissew Bizuwerk
Angélique Kidjo, the dynamic West African singer, songwriter, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador underscored that Africans need to come together and invest more on children health and well-being. Ms. Kidjo gave her remarks after visiting the Kansanchis Health Centre in Addis Ababa on Monday 11 November 2013.
Ms. Kidjo stressed the importance of children education and urges all Africans to work hand in hand, as better education for children ensures a better future for the striving continent. For Africa to fulfill its development endeavours, “every boy and girl needs to have access to education and primary health care” said the singer. She also made an important call for the protection of children from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Ms. Kidjo was encouraged to see the progress made by Ethiopia when it comes to child survival. “Now, more children survive beyond their fifth birthday than ever before”. Yet there remain much to be done as there are still many children dying mostly from preventable diseases.
Ms. Kidjo who is passionate about children health and well-being was taken through the different activities in the Health Centre where she visited immunization for children and mothers, antenatal care and delivery services as well as the outpatient department, among others.
Born in Benin, Angélique Kidjo began her career at age six by performing in her mother's theatre troupe. In 1983, due to Benin’s unstable political climate, she moved to Paris where she studied jazz. Her music is heavily influenced by West African rhythms and incorporates a range of other musical traditions, such as funk, rumba, salsa, jazz, souk and makossa.
As Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Kidjo travels widely to advocate for UNICEF-supported programmes. She is an energetic campaigner for children and young people, often speaking out on issues that affect them and making time to visit UNICEF programmes while on her concert tours.
See video message by Ms. Kidjo recorded at the health post here
See pictures from her visit here