Ethiopian girl band Yegna loses millions in British foreign aid funding

An Ethiopian girl band has lost its UK foreign aid funding after criticism over a grant reportedly worth millions. Pop group Yegna use music to promote female empowerment in Ethiopia. They were described as “Ethiopia’s Spice Girls” by the Daily Mail in a report criticizing the £5.2 million it claimed was allocated to the group to develop a “branded media platform” which would include a radio drama. Overall, the Government had planned to give Girl Effect, the organisation which created Yegna, £11.8 m between 2015 and 2018. The band sing songs about women’s rights to challenge gender-based violence, child marriage and high rates of teen pregnancy in Ethiopia.

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