British taxpayers gift £9 MILLION in foreign aid to ‘Spice Girls’ for chat show
NINE million pounds of UK taxpayer funds have been handed to the Spice Girls – from Ethiopia, it has been reported.
( Daily Star) –British taxpayers have reportedly footed the £5.2million bill for a new chat show hosted by five-piece African pop band Yegna.
The band – dubbed Ethiopia’s own Spice Girls – aim to empower women through music.
The eye-watering sum of foreign aid cash will be used to develop the band’s “branded media platform” and keep it going until at least 2018, the Daily Mail reports.
At the time critics in Ethiopia said the whopping figure was enough to run the Yegna campaign for 154 years.
Last year the Independent Commission on Aid Impact watchdog raised “significant concerns” over the GirlHub project, calling for a review on the merit of the funding.
Ministers said the £16million plan should be stopped unless it was shown to work.
But now the Department for International Development (Dfid) have green lighted the plans, awarding £5.2million to Yenga alone, the paper revealed.