Yvonne’s face features in Maboneng

African pop star Yvonne Chaka Chaka
African pop star Yvonne Chaka Chaka
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Women’s Month ended on a high note for legendary African pop star Yvonne Chaka Chaka, whose face recently replaced that of colonial settler Jan van Riebeeck at the vibrant Maboneng precinct in Johannesburg.

Speaking to the Daily Dispatch, Chaka Chaka said the news of her face being the one chosen from a list of five South African artists left her feeling “greatly humbled”.

“God gives to me and then I give of myself and my time. When people pick up all that I do and come and appreciate me, it’s always such a humbling experience,” she said.

Chaka Chaka has inspired many with a music career and humanitarian work that has spanned over three decades. Earlier in August, she was also appointed as the health and nutrition ambassador for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).

On being Nepad ambassador, she said she had dedicated the last 14 years of her life advocating for nutritional health in the continent.

“God gives to me and then I give of myself and my time. When people pick up all that I do and come and appreciate me, it’s always such a humbling experience,”
Yvonne Chaka Chaka

“You can’t give people medication when they don’t have food,” she said.

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