South African Music legend, and UN ambassador, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, has on Wednesday January 25th, received the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Crystal Award, making her the first African woman to receive the prize.
She received the award at the Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland for her fight for freedom and justice in her native country and also for her immense work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, her Roll Back Malaria Partnership and as MDG Envoy for Africa.
The award, given each year to artistes who have used their art to improve the state of the world, was presented to the singer by Hilde Schwab, co-founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs during the opening ceremony of the WEF’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2012.
Schwab said in a statement: “For many years, Yvonne has used her voice to draw attention to the causes that will change the lives of millions, from ending apartheid to improving maternal and child health.”
Meanwhile, South African President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka who is also the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Goodwill Ambassador of the award.
President Zuma: “In many respects, Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been a true ambassador of our country, its culture and people. We applaud the wonderful work she does promoting quality health care and other social development issues in the continent. We are immensely proud that the World Economic Forum has today recognised her in this way.”