Kelly Rowland in Africa

Kelly Rowland in Africa
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 25, 2008

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The Grammy winner speaks candidly about HIV/AIDS at a press conference in Tanzania.

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Kelly and her hostess Elisa are not camera shy in the least.

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Kelly continues her travels around Hyena Square (where drugs and sex are offered freely) in Tanzania with her translator Vanessa and hostess Elisa.

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Kelly talks gleefully with Elisa and Vanessa during the tour. Elisa was 13 years old when she was sold into slavery and 15 years old when she was raped and thrown into jail. Now she is a great example to young girls who are fighting for their lives.

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Kelly poses with Vanessa and Anita of the Tayopa Youth Group in Tanzania.

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Students from the Biafra school in Tanzania don’t mind taking a few minutes from class to snap a photo with Kelly.

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The recently appointed Staying Alive Foundation Ambassador makes an impression on her new friends.

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In an effort to show how easy it is and remove some of the associated stigma, Kelly takes an HIV test at a testing center in Kenya, where young girls are 5 to 6 times more prone to contract the disease than boys.

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The Destiny’s Child member moves the crowd with song.

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The star plays student for the day at a school in Tanzania.

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Kelly waves to onlookers as she leaves Hyena Square in Tanzania.

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The performer is shown around by Elisa.

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Kelly tunes into her playful side at a Kenyan press conference.

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The singer leads the pack as she and the Staying Alive Foundation crew tour Hyena Square in Tanzania.

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Kelly finds a new friend in Tanzania.

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Elisa gratefully accepts the MTV Staying Alive Foundation Award from Ms. Kelly Rowland herself. Elisa was a Tanzanian sex worker who continues to save the lives of her peers.

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Kelly brings her host and translator Vanessa on-stage to join in on the fun.

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Kelly pays close attention to Vanessa as she translates for Kelly during a performance at the Biafra School.

HIV/Aids Activist Phill Wilson urges you to save your life and get tested »

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Ms. Rowland listens intently during a press conference where she discussed her trip to Kenya.

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The “Independent Women” singer takes time to talk with Georgina and her friends about the alarming facts and statistics of HIV/AIDS. Black women represent 66 percent of new AIDS cases among women.

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