South African songbird, Yvonne Chaka Chaka (YCC), has been honoured yet again on an international level, this time through the Black Entertainment Television (BET) International Global Good Power Award. Known as Africa’s Princess, YCC has actually received the award for her contribution toward improving healthcare across Africa.
BET grants the award to individuals who display genuine commitment to go beyond their various art forms and make a positive change to the world in some way. YCC, being a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, was always well placed to become recognised for her devotion to her fellow Africans. South Africans have rallied behind her well-deserved win to show their love and support, as always.
YCC joins other African creative/performing artists, Akon and Millen Magese, in the BET Hall of Fame for efforts toward humanitarian projects. Now at the peak of her 27yr-long career, she takes care to incorporate lyrics which resonate with the freedom struggle of her home country. Her focus shifted toward more serious content after one of her back-up singers lost the battle to Malaria.
The award ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on 25 June 2017 where YCC will receive her award on stage. The ceremony is set to be aired internationally on 27 June 2017, when her greatest fans and supporters will get to witness the historic moment for themselves. Worth noting, is that YCC began the Princess of Africa Foundation through which she hopes to eradicate the devastating effects of Malaria on African communities.
“She began the Princess of Africa Foundation, where she works to eradicate the effects of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV and to carry out community and social charity works,” said BET. “There, Chaka Chaka focuses on healthcare, education and sanitation.”