Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo (born July 14, 1960) is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos
Growing up, Kidjo was one of few girls in Benin to receive an education. She invented the word "Batonga" as a joyfully defiant response to those who told her that girls did not belong in the classroom.
In 2006, Kidjo founded the Batonga Foundation with the goal of empowering and educating adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Batonga has since provided girls in five African countries (Mali, Benin, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and Cameroon) with 5,000 academic years of education through scholarships and in-kind support, supplied 8,727 students access to wells and toilets across 7 schools in Benin, and offered 222,000 students in Benin's poorest regions shoes for the walk to school.
Today, Batonga provides girls with safe spaces and mentors, equipping them with life and financial literacy skills, and helping them start small businesses.
She is also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and as well as singing, campaigns for the rights of African women and also supports looking after our world and campaigns for sustainable living.
The songs here talk of her love for Africa, and her love for the world. It is our job to stand up for the world and treat it right!