Whether for entertainment, holidays, or charitable activities, Kenya has for the last couple of years established itself as the destination of choice for quite a number of A-list international celebrities.
Barely a fortnight after British pop princess Rita Ora graced Kenya with her presence, another British singer – Ellie Goulding – is in the country.
The 30-Year-Old singer/songwriter is in the country for the third UN Environment Assembly.
The chart-topping musician last Saturday signed on as a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment, joining the fight to save the lives and habitats of people and animals by cleaning up our air and seas, fighting climate change and protecting species.
The ceremony was held in at the Giraffe Manor in Langata, Nairobi.
Taking to social media to express her delight for the new appointment, the ‘Love Me Like You Do’ singer captioned a picture as she fed a giraffe: “I’m delighted to announce that I have become a UN Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador. Thank you to @unenvironment head @environmenterikfor making it official @thesafaricollection#giraffemanor. All witnessed by Ed the giraffe (he’s pretty special. Only 800 of his species left). Feel very honoured ?”
I’m delighted to announce that I have become a UN Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador. Thank you to @unenvironment head @environmenterik for making it official @thesafaricollection #giraffemanor. All witnessed by Ed the giraffe (he’s pretty special. Only 800 of his species left). Feel very honoured ?
She later traveled to the iconic Maasai Mara to learn more about the threats facing wildlife due to habitat loss, and to see the traditional cooking methods that are responsible for millions of deaths every year in low-income countries.
“I have struggled with asthma all my life, so I know how horrible it feels not being able to breathe properly,” she said.
“Millions of people across the world are in this position, living in cities with air polluted by cars and factories, or in rural settings where 3 billion people cook, and heat their homes, using open fires without appropriate ventilation.
“Inhaling this dirty air is slowly killing people – often women and children in the case of indoor cooking. I saw this first-hand in the Maasai village, and was so pleased to be able to contribute clean cookstoves for all the huts in their village. I want to do whatever I can to make our air cleaner by working with UN Environment to inspire action to address this crisis.”
Ellie, who has two UK number one singles and albums to her credit, also spent some time dancing with the Maasai.
She captioned the clip: “Wherever you are in the world pollution impacts you. But you have the power to change it.”