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Who are Yegna dubbed the "Ethiopia's Spice Girls"?

  • Its members are all twenty-something Ethiopians: Rahel Getu, 22, Zebiba Girma, 22, Eyerusalem Kelemework, 27, Lemlem Haile Michael, 26 and Teref Kassahun, 26
  • They adopt stage names: Lemlem, Emuye, Sara, Mimi and Melat
  • The pop group was set up in 2013 to "empower young women" including challenging young marriage and gender-based violence
  • Yegna is pronounced "Yen-ya", which means "Ours" in Amharic
  • Their catchphrase is: "We are here. We will not be silenced"
  • Girl Effect said Yegna reach 8.5 million people in Ethiopia through its radio drama, music and talk shows

Source: Girl Effect

Yegna, Ethiopia's 'Spice Girls', lose UK funding

Yegna has been the subject of a long-running campaign by the Daily Mail. It dubbed the band "Ethiopia's Spice Girls" saying that grants to the group were a waste of money.

The UK's Department for International Development said its partnership with Girl Effect has ended following the review, but insisted that "empowering women and girls around the world remains a priority".

It said the decision had not been influenced by press coverage of Yegna.

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