Mary Millben lauds Africa's inclusion in G20

The 41- year-old singer n is formally recognized as a United States State Department cultural envoy

Staff Reporter

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Mary Millben, an African-American singer, sent a video message to the G20 leaders before their summit begins on September 9 in New Delhi. As India's proposal to admit the African Union to the G20 was accepted, she elaborated on the significance of India's relations with Africa.

“I applaud Prime Minister Modi’s proposal to include the African Union as a full member of the G20. The global south can now shape policies impacting our world. With this privilege comes duty - to be the voice of the marginalized, uphold democratic values and foster human dignity,” she said adding that both India and the United States must work together to further the cause. 

 The enduring friendship between the U.S. and India must also champion this cause.  A cause that ensures all voices are represented in solving the world’s most challenging problems. 

“Africa, my ancestral motherland, is an untapped continent with tremendous economic potential waiting to be unleashed. India is prepared to be Africa’s steadfast partner in realizing this promise. The United States must also be a greater partner in Africa's growth story, “ the award-winning singer said.   

Drawing on the theme for India’s G20 presidency she added, “ I have strong conviction in the human capacity to unite for justice. One earth, one family, one future. Let this summit advance us many miles on the road towards securing dignity for all people, all religions, all races, all nations.” 

Popular in India, U.S and across the world for her renditions of the Indian national anthem and the devotional song “Om Jai Jagdish Hare”, Millben is formally recognized as a United States State Department cultural envoy and regarded as a cultural ambassador across the world for her effective leadership in cultural diplomacy, interfaith dialogue, and advocacy for global inclusion. 

Millben was invited by the Government of India, the Ministry of External Affairs, and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations as an official guest from the United States on the occasion of India’s 75th anniversary of Independence invited.  she created history as the first American and African American artist to be invited to India for the Independence Day observance and for an audience of 1.4 billion people.  

She also performed for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and guests in Washington, D.C. at the concluding event for the official State Visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United States.  


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