A friend’s death is what motivated Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, to live up to her nickname. She not only embodies that in her music life, but aso in real life.
Recently, Yvonne travelled to New York, where she represented the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. There, the musical icon spoke about TB, as well as other health issues.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Yvonne was grateful for the opportunity to attend the prestigious meeting.
She also told TshisaLIVE in an interview that it was a friend who passed away from malaria that inspired her to create awareness about the disease. Yvonne’s friend was tragically misdiagnosed.
"In 2004, when I went to Gabon one of my musicians, Phumzile Ntuli, contracted malaria. Unfortunately, when we came back to South Africa, she was just misdiagnosed and she passed on. That is what really prompted me to want to do what I do today."
Yvonne jumped at the opportunity when UNICEF approached her to be a goodwill ambassador.
Yvonne said she realised there was a massive problem, adding she was ignorant about malaria.
“I didn't know much about it and I wanted to be the voice. I realised that malaria was preventable and curable and yet so many people were dying, I decided to be part of the solution."
When asked what kept her passion to help where she can burning, the musician said she believes there is no wealth without health and education.
For Yvonne, her activism is part of her every day life.
"I do this work because these are the people who make me what I am. They support my music and support everything that I do. In return, I do what I can to help where I can where others really can't."
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