Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Princess of Africa and UN Ambassador
Yvonne is an internationally recognized South African singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. Dubbed the “Princess of Africa” because of the continent wide impact of her music, she is also a champion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria and the United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa. She was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children’s fund, and has also established her own charity, The Princess of Africa Foundation, using the name first given to her in Uganda. The Princess of Africa Foundation is a partner of the ACTION global health advocacy partnership. In 2012, she was the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. Yvonne is a strong advocate for education of women and girls, and against gender-based violence that affects one in three women in South Africa.