In modern society, there is a large emphasis placed on idolization of popular celebrity figures. While there are plenty of celebrities that take action to make world change–whether that be societally, environmentally, or politically– there are still many that ride the wave of fame, stand idle to world conflict and issues, and still have millions of adoring fans. If it were up to me, it would be the tried and true activists that would be the major celebrities of the modern age– celebrities like Malian-French female singer and activist, Inna Modja.
Rather than using her voice to garner fame and fortune, Modja uses her gift to create widespread change in a continent she used to call home– Africa. Having gone through many of the struggles still being dealt with in the economically struggling continent, Modja has made it her mission to raise awareness around climate change and its immense, devastating impact on Africa through her music and the lyrics that not only entertain the ears but also inspire change. In her unreleased documentary The Great Green Wall, Modja provides viewers with a look into the impact eroded soil and depleted water sources have had on Africa. From starvation to extremist groups striking fear in residents to maintain their power and access to sparse resources, it is clear that climate change isn't an issue that should be underestimated, overlooked, or doubted because it's impacts are truly devastating.
While talent is grounds for some form of recognition and even idolization, it is important to take a moment to think about whether or not the celebrities we idolize and adore are taking the time and using their wealth to try and make impactful change on the world in one way or another. If not, perhaps our support should be diverted more toward people like Modja to promote a culture of activism and to show that you won't stand idle as continents like Africa become consumed with death and poverty because of climate change– a topic many stars have chosen to ignore due to their widely supported, egocentric and self-serving life style.