Nigerian singer/songwriter, Tiwa Savage, is the newest face to join Rotary’s ‘This Close’ public awareness campaign for polio eradication. Savage, who was described by CNN as Nigeria’s biggest pop star, will help Rotary achieve its goal of a polio-free world by raising awareness about the vaccine-preventable disease. The singer’s participation in this program comes at a critical juncture. Savage administered vaccine to children in Lagos in late April. Last year, Nigeria experienced a polio outbreak that paralyzed four children after passing nearly two years without a case of the disease. Rotary says her involvement in the campaign will raise important awareness that will help ensure the outbreak is stopped. “This is a cause that hits close to home for me, not only as a mother of a small child, but as a proud Nigerian, whose country has been battling this disease for many years,” said Savage. Savage announced her new partnership with Rotary last week in New York City at a World Immunization Week event. As part of the campaign, Savage will be featured in ads raising her thumb and forefinger in the ‘this close’ gesture with the tagline ‘we’re this close to ending polio.’

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