Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | February 9, 2015

2-9-2015 Encore Presentation Originally Aired June 16, 2014 Host Kathleen Marshall Speaks with the ‘Premier Diva of Africa,’ Angelique Kidjo About Her Advocacy for Women and Girls in Africa

Angelique Kidjo Eve Angelique Kidjo is known for her dynamic music and powerhouse persona.  She is called the ‘Premier Diva of Africa’.  Though most people know her as a performer, she is also a ceaseless advocate for the empowerment of women and girls in Africa.

Born in Benin, West Africa, Angelique moved to France at age 19 to pursue a musical career.  One of 10 children she grew up in a supportive household and credits both her mother and father for validating and encouraging her passion and talent.  She was raised to value empowerment and to adhere to the principles of compassion for others and giving back to her community.

A UNICEF goodwill ambassador to Africa since 2002 she regularly travels from her home in New York City to various African nations promoting UNICEF programs for the education and well-being of women and girls in Africa.  In 2007 she founded the Batonga Foundation providing secondary and higher education to disadvantaged girls, many orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Africa.  She speaks honestly from her heart about the degradation and suffering of African women, about the causes and reinforcement of their subservient status and what the world can, and should, do to help.

She just received her second Grammy Award for her latest album, EVE, which celebrates the resilience of women around the world.  EVE is the result of the Eve Project in which Angelique collaborated with numerous choirs in her native Benin.

To learn more about Angelique Kidjo, her music, her autobiography ‘Spirit Rising’, her humanitarian work and her world tour visit her website www.kidjo.com.

To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Angelique Kidjo click the following link:     2-9-2015 Kathleen Angelique Kidjo

 

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