The Future Africa Awards has announced its ambassadors for a global campaign against Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The TFAA young person of the year 2013, Ashish Thakkar, actresses, Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde as well as singer, Asa, would lead the campaign.
Their aim is to gather youths all over the world to act against the virus and support the World Health Organisation, WHO, by donating a minimum of $25 and providing updates on social media.
The campaign will hold through the portal stopebola.com from Tuesday, November 11 to December 7, when the day the Future Africa Awards will hold.
Ms. Nnaji said the virus has been curtailed in Nigeria, which meant it could be defeated in other countries.
“We need to get involved beyond talk and beyond sympathy,” she said. “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.”
Ms. Jalade-Ekeinde said: “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.”
The other influencers include the CEO of Paga, Tayo Oviosu, Deputy Director of the British Council, 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, go to www.stopebola.com, click on the sharebutton and sign up to the Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap ensures everyone will tweet the same #StopEbola message on November 29 at the same time, then click on the donate button to donate directly to the UN’s Ebola Response Fund.