Nigerian music star Yemi Alade has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The appointment was made Wednesday September 30 by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner.
In her new role, the afrobeats singer would champion the sustainable development goals of the UNDP as well as offer innovative solutions to diverse global issues.
“Women are among the 4 billion people who are trying to survive COVID-19 without any form of social protection,” said Alade. “I want to lend my voice to these women and other vulnerable people who make up half of the world that’s struggling to make ends meet. They don’t have the luxury of working from home and are putting their health at risk just to put food on the table.”
“But as we address poverty and inequality in our COVID-19 recovery plans, we can’t put climate change on the back burner,” Alade said. “Climate change and poverty go hand-in-hand, and neither is gender-neutral. Women in developing countries, such as my homeland Nigeria, are disproportionately affected by both.”
Yemi Alade joins others a roster of high profile entertainers and power influncers as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.