By Musa Ssemwanga
Singer Eddie Kenzo had a swell time in Senegal over the past few days.
He was at a Female genital Mutilation (FGM) summit in Dakar, Senegal where he performed as a guest artiste.
Through his social media posts, the singer expressed his gratitude and appreciated the committee that made him part of the 1st ever African Summit on female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage (CM.
‘I thank the people of Senegal, Vice President of Senegal and Gambia, First Lady of Senegal, honourable ministers ,dignitaries of Senegal and Guinea for the invitation’ he wrote.
The summit aims at translating the commitment of governments, religious leaders, traditional leaders, and other stakeholders into action on the ground that eliminates these harmful practices.
The Summit opened on the Day of the African Child, with participants speaking on the vital steps needed to end child marriage and FGM, and to fulfill the full potential of African youth.
The Summit was organized by the Governments of Senegal and Gambia, in partnership with the Big Sisters movement and the NGO Safe Hands for Girls led by UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador Jaha Dukureh, as well as UN Women, UNFPA, UNICEF and The World Bank.
More than 300 participants gathered in Dakar for the first African Summit on FGM and Child Marriage in Dakar, Senegal.