Rihanna Urged World Leaders to Provide Money for Education to the Poorest

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Ghana on Friday, to attend the Third International Global Partnership for Education conference in Dakar, Senegal.

The conference centre in Dakar erupted with cheers and whistles as the Umbrella hit-maker was announced, with Macron and the singer from Barbados posing arm in arm with Senegalese President Macky Sall.

In Senegal, she reemphasized her commitment to what President Macron called "the only single response" to problems facing West Africa, telling the crowd "We've made tremendous progress today but our work is never done".

Known for her revealing onstage outfits and diva-like performances, Rihanna cut a far smarter figure at the conference, comfortable mingling with politicians and Senegalese dignitaries alike.

Rihanna also took to Twitter to implore world leaders to invest in public education.

The funding promise represents a massive increase on the 17 million euros pledged at the last conference in 2014.

However, the masses may not know her most important work as a humanitarian and ambassador for Global Partnerships for Education (GPE).

The objective of the conference is to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for education in the poorest of nations.

The singer a year ago appealed to Macron on Twitter to contribute to her efforts to fund education in developing countries, notably in conflict and crisis areas.

Partner countries in the GPE scheme are required to earmark 20 percent of their national budgets for education - a tough goal for developing nations battling jihadists or civil conflicts.

A rapid reaction force of Senegalese troops was recently deployed to Mali as part of a UN peacekeeping mission with France's blessing, as the worldwide community attempts to contain Al-Qaeda-linked groups wreaking havoc in the unstable desert nation. She reportedly travelled on the same South African Airways flight as World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

  • Rogelio Becker