Afrobeats singer, Yemi Alade has said she was elated to have been invited by the Royal family to represent Africa and perform alongside musical geniuses like Ed Sheeran, among others, at the first-ever Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony held on Sunday at Alexandra Palace, London.
Yemi Alade, representing Africa, delivered a rendition of her hit single “Rain” at the ceremony, proudly adorned in African themed attire, a striking red ankara playsuit.
Alade expressed immense gratitude to the Royal Family for the rare honour accorded her adding it’s Africa’s time to shine on the world stage.
“The event was simply amazing and I am elated to have represented Africa and Africans on global stage.
It’s our time to shine and the world is focused on our music.
I appreciate the Royal family and Prince William for the honour extended to me”, she said.
In a post on her Instagram page, she appreciated Prince Williams and Duchess Kate for recognising and selecting her song as she shared photo of them exchanging pleasantries.
“Thank you for inviting us Prince Williams and Duchess Kate … and selecting my song “RAIN.
“Happy to know the Duchess loved my dress and the Duke loved my performance at the #earthshotprize,” she wrote.
In another post, Yemi Alade shared several photos where she posed with legendary footballers, actor, Mayor of London and others.
The caption reads: “LAST NIGHT !! Meeting and Performing for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the presence of legendary footballer #Dannyalves, Egyptian and Liverpool footballer #MuhammedSalah, Renowned Actor #Davidoyelowo and The Mayor of London, #SadiqKhan to mention a few at the #earthshotprize 2021.
The Earthshot prize is a Nobel-like award founded by the Duke of Cambridge and renowned British naturalist David Attenborough
It is awarded by the Royal Foundation to five winners each year for their contributions to environmentalism.
It was first awarded in 2021 and is planned to run annually until 2030.
Each winner receives a grant of £1 million to continue their environmental work in proffering innovative solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges currently facing the planet.
Yemi Alade recounts excitement after performance at London Earthshot Awards