Kenyan songbird Sara Mitaru is the new UN-HABITAT Messenger of Truth.
The announcement was made during the Twenty-Second Session of the Governing Council where a programme highlighted Youth Empowerment Best practices and Models was held.
Sara joins a list of elite young musicians who have been inducted into the Messenger of Truth hall of fame.
The Messengers of Truth (MOT) Project was initiated and officially launched in September 2004, during the Second World Urban Forum held in Barcelona, Spain. It has 3 major objectives: to inform youth living in slums and inner cities of the Millennium Development Goals through the songs and performances of socially committed Hip-Hop artists singing and rapping in different languages worldwide; to empower youth organizations worldwide by providing platforms where their voices can be heard and to help legitimize their participation in decisions that affect their livelihoods and finally; to support projects worldwide demonstrating how youth organizations have been able to solve critical social, economic and environmental problems of direct relevance to the Millennium Development Goals in their respective communities.
The designation was made by the UN-HABITAT Executive Director, Dr Anna Tibaijuka at a lively celebration where the graduates of the Youth Empowerment Programme were recognized and various youth representatives addressed the guests. There was entertainment through spoken word by the renowned Imani Woomera and Tim Mwaura. The Executive Director appointed Ms Sara Mitaru and thanked her for the support to the youth programme.
She also reiterated that, “Ms Mitaru is a wonderful home-grown Afro-fusion singer and song writer known the world over for her music and singing and particularly her famous song, Woman from Africa. Her wonderful music builds around life, love, and change for the better in modern society.”
In her response to the appointment Ms Mitaru said she would engage youth, Habitat partners and other stakeholders in promoting the role of youth in the Habitat Agenda through entertainment and creative arts.
UN-HABITAT congratulates the new appointee and looks forward to her engagement in promoting UN-HABITAT’s youth agenda.