Goodwill Ambassadors

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Zola 7

© UNICEF/SouthAfrica/2007
Prominent South African singer and actor Zola was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa in November 2006.

Poet, actor, musician and humanitarian, Zola has emerged as the superstar of Kwaito and is a man with many talents.  Zola is ever conscious of society’s growing needs, pains and tribulations, which is why he tackles issues such as prostitution, statutory rape and the need for fathers to step up to the plate and be real fathers in his new album titled “IBUTHO.

Not only is Zola one of South Africa’s biggest kwaito artists but he has proven to be an imaginative entrepreneur. His television show, Zola 7 boasts a weekly viewership of 5 million and has been running since 2002.  On the show, Zola has worked diligently at bringing broken families together and helped find shelter for homeless people.

Other projects Zola has participated in include adopting over six Children’s Homes and Orphanages of which he closely works with the Emdeni Children’s Home in Soweto. As ambassador for the 2006 Global Campaign for Education, Zola went back to school with the Takalani Sesame Muppets. The event highlighted problems that both teachers and children are facing within Education 13 years after Democracy.

© UNICEF/SouthAfrica/2006
“Being named an ambassador is like a calling. You can’t refer to this as a job. UNICEF’s work in Africa has influenced me,” said Zola. “It is my responsibility to speak out loud and to make noise on behalf of children."

Some of Zola’s achievements

  • Delivered a Speech at the Guateng Health Departments – Workshop on the White Paper highlighting Issues of HIV/AIDS – December 2005
  • Opening of Parliament 2006 – by the deputy Speaker of Parliament
  • Invited to Interview Tony Blair during his last visit to UK – March 2006
  • Invited to be interviewed on the NBC’s The Tonight Show with JAY LENO
  • Discussion panel with Quincy Jones and UNICEF South Africa
  • Deliver a Speech at the Anglo American’s Young Communicators awards - June 2006
  • Address the UN World Conference re: Arms Control Bill – New York June 2006
  • Part of a keynote discussion - CNN Connects – “Moving Africa Forward” - June 2006

Also see

UNICEF appoints South African artist Zola as regional Goodwill Ambassador

UNICEF appoints South African artist Zola as Regional Goodwill Ambassador

Sexual violence afflicts the lives of children at a school in central Kenya

Zola 7 website



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