Nigerian musician Davido has become the latest person to donate to help thousands of destitute people in the East African country forced from their homes because of drought.
The “See You Again” hitmaker, 22, will give a donation of 2 million naira ($600,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme, according to his verified Instagram account.
Davido, whose real name is David Adeleke Adeleke, wrote: “World hunger is one of the most horrific issues today. All the world’s problems are all connected, therefore we all have to pitch in and help get our people back on track. I have made a donation of 1m naira to the UN World Food Programme to help address the hunger crisis in Niger and Nigeria.”
Nigerian authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of 2.5 million people, mostly women and children, from the area. At least 43 people were killed and 70,000 displaced, according to the Red Cross.
The response has been slow. Many of the refugees have taken refuge in the bush and villages.
The West African nation is in the throes of a severe drought. Aid agencies and donor governments have been working to bring enough food to those in need, but some of the most needy people have not been reaching the marketplaces.
More than 27,000 people have died from food shortages since 2011, leading to more than 70 percent of children suffering from acute malnutrition, according to a United Nations study. The famine was one of the worst in 25 years.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari toured the affected regions to identify the famine, and he has blamed politicians for covering up the situation.