Born on February 2 1977, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, better known as Shakira, is a Colombian record producer, dancer, singer, songwriter, musician, and philanthropist who surfaced as a musical sensation in the Latin American music scene in the 1990s. She was raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. At a young age, she showcased her talents in school as a live performer, demonstrating her singing ability with a mix of rock and roll and Latin and Middle Eastern styles of music.
Also known for her philanthropic work, Shakira was given the honor as a guest at the University of Oxford on December 7, 2009. There she discussed about her work with children and education. She was chosen to speak by the Oxford Union and joined the ranks of several US Presidents and several cultural symbols such as Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama XIV. Shakira expressed her intent to show the youth of 2060 to see the nation advocating global peace not by sending 30,000 soldiers, but sending 30,000 educators to Afghanistan.
In March 2010, she was given a medal by the United Nations’ International Labor Organization in appreciation of being an ambassador for children and young people, for quality education and social justice as UN Labor Chief Juan Somavia put it.
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