Friday, 9 June 2017

BET Awards 2017: Somalian social activist Ilward Elman and South African Singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka to be Honoured.

June 8th, 2017, saw the BET Networks, reveal a list of awards which would be presented for exceptional excellence.
The Iconic R&B group; New Edition will be honoured with the 'Lifetime Achievement Award'. Multi-Grammy Award winning artiste, Chance the Rapper, will pick up an award presented by Walmart for Humanitarian activities.
And here's one for girl-power; Somalian social activist, Ilwad Elman and South African legendary singer/songstress, Yvonne Chaka Chaka would be honoured with the 2017 Bet International Global Good Star and Power Awards which ''recognizes individuals championing endeavors to postively impact change and heighten awareness in different parts of the world.''

 Ilwad Elman is a Somali-Canadian social activist. In her work with the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center in Mogadishu, Ilwad helps to run Sister Somalia, the country's first program providing counseling, health and housing support to victims of gender-based violence. Her efforts with Sister Somalia as well as several other organizations have helped to raise awareness locally on the issue and encouraged governmental policy changes. Ilwad's work promoting gender equality has also brought her to the Kofi Annan Foundation's Extremely Together initiative, which focuses on countering and preventing violent extremism. Ilwad Elman will receive the Global Good Star Award, which honors individuals who have shown extreme courage and resilience, rising to the challenge and fighting for meaningful resolve across a particular issue (or issues) and human crises impacting their community and the world.


Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. Dubbed the "Princess of Africa," Yvonne is a legend in the South African popular music scene, with a 27 year career and hits such as "Umqombothi." 
Outside of her musical career, Yvonne is a champion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa; and the Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. She was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children's fund, and has established her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation, which is a member 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 Chaka Chaka is the recipient of the 2017 BET International Global Good Power Award, which recognizes individuals who have been steadfast and true to their cause(s), leveraging their artistic platform to bring visibility and provide a voice to the under-served and under-represented.

The 2017 BET Awards will air on Tuesday, June 27 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on BET Africa, in association with Russian Bear.