Lilongwe, 5th October 2018 – UNICEF Malawi has appointed Sangie, a popular Malawian reggae artist as a Champion for Children. Sangie was selected after Facebook and U- Report Malawi polls named her the most inspiring female celebrity for teenage girls. Respondents said she is a successful, inspiring celebrity with a positive personal life story. Sangie joins fellow musician Fredokiss who was appointed a UNICEF Malawi Champion for Children in February 2018.
Sangie hopes to use music and her passion to bring positive change for young people in Malawi. She believes that a nation’s progress is defined by how well its citizens are empowered; particularly children, the youth and women.
“I stand with fellow women, girls, children, youth and people with disabilities, to advocate for an end to gender-based violence and promote access to education. As an artist, I feel that I can make a difference,” she said.
With UNICEF, Sangie will continue her remarkable work as she contributes to UNICEF’s work to keep children in school and end child marriages through projects like U-Report Malawi and Youth Out Loud.
“We are excited to welcome Sangie into the UNICEF team, where she will advocate on behalf of Malawi’s most vulnerable children. Her passion and energy are inspiring. We look forward to an exciting partnership and to see her continue to raise the voices of the young people she reaches with her music and her story,” said Johannes Wedenig, Representative, UNICEF Malawi.
Born in 1994, Sangie started singing in a church choir at a very young age. She came to the limelight in 2014 after she recorded her first single, breaking through in a predominantly male genre on the Malawian music scene. Sangie has been active in several campaigns to promote girls’ education and end gender based violence.
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