An accomplishment in a male-dominated industry, Nigerian singer-songwriterÂ Yemi AladeÂ was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world, Alade’s new role will focus on bringing attention to the unequal impact of the health and socio-economic crisis on the poorest and most vulnerable individuals, particularly women in developing nations.
Alade expressed, “Women, along with 4 billion people, are struggling to survive COVID-19 without any social protection. I want to advocate for these women and other vulnerable individuals who are facing difficulties, especially those who cannot work from home and are risking their health to provide for themselves and their families.”
Additionally, she emphasized the importance of addressing both poverty and climate change in COVID-19 recovery plans, particularly in developing countries like Nigeria where women bear the brunt of these issues.
UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner appointed Alade as UNDP’s newest Goodwill Ambassador.
With a successful music career, including four albums and numerous hits, Alade is a prominent female Afro-pop artist in Africa. She has achieved significant milestones and received various awards for her talent and contributions to the music industry.
Alade is now part of the prestigious group of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, joining other globally recognized figures in promoting positive change and social impact.
Yemi Alade made the announcement on her social media platforms!