The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) has announced the leading influencers for its global campaign to pool 1 million young Africans to act against Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The #StopEbola campaign will be led by TFAA Young Person of the Year 2013, Ashish Thakkar and Africa’s leading creative icons - Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Chika Ike, Toke Makinwa, Waje and Paris-based Asa Elemide.
“This goes to the core of what is important to me, and what should be important to all of us who are very concerned about our continent,” said
Jalade-Ekeinde, who has been spokesperson for Amnesty International and the United Nations. “Just when the world has begun to pay attention to Africa as a destination for rapid growth and investment, we cannot allow Ebola define the narrative. We need to put a stop to this immediately, and young people need to take the lead.”
“Ebola has been defeated in Nigeria,” said Nnaji who has actively supported causes including the Pink Ball against cancer. “This shows that with the will and resources it can be defeated anywhere else. We need to get involved beyond talk and beyond sympathy. As long as it remains anywhere in Africa, we are all at risk, and we can come together to stop this from happening. Join me, and join all of us now on www.stopebola.com.”
Other influencers include CEO of Mara Group, Ashish Thakkar; CEO of Paga; Tayo Oviosu, Deputy Director of the British Council, Ojoma Ochai. Other influencers include Deputy Director of the British Council Nigeria, Ojoma Ochai; Tu Face Idibia, Van Vicker, Joselyn Dumas, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Dayo Israel, Denrele, Dakore Akande, Juliet Ibrahim, Funke Akindele, Omoni Oboli, Ohimai Atafo, Joseph Benjamin, Ice Prince, MI Abaga, Omawumi, Waje, Lynxx, Yemi Adamolekun, Gbenga Sesan, Kunle Afolayan, Osas Ighodaro, Yegwa Ukpo and Kathleen Ndongmo.
To be part of the campaign, it takes just 3 easy steps:
1. Go to www.stopebola.com.
2. Click on the SHARE button and sign up to the Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap helps ensure everyone will tweet the same #StopEbola message on November 29 at the same time. It takes just 2 minutes to sign up, and/or
3. Click on the DONATE button to donate directly to the UN’s Ebola Response Fund.
The #StopEbola hashtag campaign kicked off officially on Tuesday, 11.11.2014 at 12PM.