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Angelique
KIDJO

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and founder of Batonga

Two-time Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today. She has thirteen albums to her name. Her influence and artistry is widely recognized. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva". BBC has included her in its list of the continent's 50 most iconic figures, and The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World.

In addition, Forbes Magazine has ranked Angélique as the first woman, in their list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. She is also the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Angelique travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

She created her own foundation, Batonga, dedicated to support the education of young girls in Africa. In January 2014 she released her memoir titled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (Harper Collins).

 

 

 

Languages spoken: 
English
French
Country of origin: 
Benin
Country of residence: 
France
Area(s) of competence: 
Girls education
Africa
arts and culture