Batonga was founded by Angélique Kidjo in 2006 with the purpose of empowering and educating the most vulnerable adolescent girls in Africa. Angelique’s message is unique – she celebrates Africa as a land of hope and talent and sees its youth, particularly its young women, as a powerful investment for the future.
Angélique urges African leaders and citizens to work together to improve the lives of women and children. A three-time Grammy Award winner, deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine, she was the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa” by Forbes Magazine. She was also the first African woman to be appointed as an international Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
Angélique came from a community like those that Batonga serves, and today she brings her voice to the world stage to advocate for change on the ground with a platform and legitimacy that is unique, credible, and compelling.