Angélique Kidjo, the Grammy award-winning musician has been named among three African youth activist movements to be honoured with the top human rights award.
The award by Amnesty International was announced on Wednesday and mentioned that Angelique Kidjo had shown exceptional courage in standing up for justice.
Salil Shetty, Amnesty’s secretary general, said: the “honourees have proved themselves to be bold as advocates for human rights, using their talents to inspire others”.
The other three youth activists’ movement who received the honour aside Angelique Kidjo are groups Y’en a Marre from Senegal, Le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Previous winners of the Ambassador of Conscience award include the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, Myanmar politician Aung San Suu Kyi and the rock band U2. Last year it was awarded to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and American singer-songwriter Joan Baez.
Benin-Born Kidjo has a 30-year music career with 12 albums. She has been a prominent campaigner for freedom of expression and against female genital mutilation.
Kidjo and her fellow awardees will be honoured at a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, on May 28.