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NSSF, Nigerian artistes, others to raise funds for COVID-19 vaccine equity

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NIGERIA Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF), a brainchild of Global Citizen (GC), an international advocacy organisation and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has revealed some A-list Nigerian artistes set to perform at the Global Citizen Live event in Lagos, Nigeria on September 25, 2021 to raise resources for getting one million Nigerians vaccinated over the next 12 months.

  The event is part of a once-in-a-generation 24-hour global activation that will see artistes perform across six continents to help rally citizens in demanding that governments, major corporations and philanthropists work together to defeat poverty and defend the planet by focusing on the most urgent, inter-related threats.

  These include vaccine equity, climate change and famine that impact those in extreme poverty the hardest.

 Nigerian artistes billed to perform include Davido, Burna Boy, Femi Kuti, Made Kuti and Tiwa Savage.

  Others taking part in this groundbreaking project include artistes from locations in Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Paris, London, Seoul, Los Angeles, Sydney and more to be announced.

  In Nigeria, Global Citizen is working with the Lagos State Government to create a limited-capacity event to celebrate Nigerians working on the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The show will be filmed in advance with a fully vaccinated audience.

  Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said Lagos State is thrilled to be a part of Global Citizen Live.

  “With the challenges of rising poverty, hunger and vaccine inequity facing Africa, we need businesses and governments around the world to respond to the call of citizens, stand in solidarity with the people of Africa, and commit to defending the planet and defeating poverty and inequality,” he said.

  The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reiterated its continuous support to the the Government of Nigeria in its goal of achieving self-sufficiency in the local production of traditional medicine.

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