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‘Identity is a matter of concern. Glad to speak on behalf of the boys’ X Factor singer honored to be an ambassador for Good Relationship WeekATN News

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Since she impressed judges with her flawless voice on ITV’s The X Factor in 2017, Rwanda Shaw has used her music as a force for change in Northern Ireland.

and in her latest attempt to touch the heart and live by her singing She captures the essence of Good Relationship Week 2022 with a new song named after this year’s theme, Change Starts With Us.

Rwanda (26), now living in Broughshane, was inspired by the current cost of living crisis to write powerful songs to comfort and inspire.

She is delighted to be an ambassador for this event for the second year in a row: “I am so honored. It’s good to be chosen. I feel that I intend to do it. I love trying to encourage children to pursue their dreams and to get this opportunity to be a voice for youth in Northern Ireland. And people of different nationalities mean the world to me.”

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Rwanda on the X factor in 2017

Good Relationship Week 2022, which runs from Tuesday until tomorrow. It is an annual celebration of peacebuilding and cultural diversity.

It aims to showcase the outstanding efforts of the local community while addressing a wide range of local challenges and concerns, ranging from sectarianism and racism. to shared spaces peace building and cultural diversity

It also addresses important issues such as gender inequality. climate change and the environment Improving the health and well-being of the individual eradication of poverty and hunger and removing barriers to improving education

This event was co-operated by the Community Relations Council. More than 250 events are taking place across the region this week. All focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to highlight the political, social, economic and environmental challenges we face.

Since enjoying a new level of fame after X Factor, Rwanda has developed a strong public profile not just as a talented singer. but also a speaker on racism and equality

She worked famously in Powland during her television appearances. And although her musical career began due to the success of X Factor, she left her job a year ago.

She said: “Every day after I go on the show Someone came into the store and recognized me. It’s a bit harsh, but it’s good.

“I got more jobs. bigger job and new place

“I had been to a pub in Belfast before the show started. And after that I was asked to do much bigger things like Culture Night and St Patrick’s Day and many corporate events.

“I am truly grateful that X Factor has taken my career to the next level. But last year, I quit my job in Poundland to pursue a full-time music career.

“I don’t have the courage to leave. I’m afraid that I won’t get enough work. But I’ve been exhausted since then, it’s crazy.

“I’ve been doing more and more charity work and speaking on the board. It’s really good. it’s like me I myself became my job. And I’m doing what makes me happy.”

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Rwanda at The X Factor audition

A lot of her speech was about racism. which she had experienced all her life.

Rwanda, which has now become a spokesperson for minority rights. Growing up in Tyrella The daughter of an interracial couple Her mother is from Uganda and her father is a Belfast man.

She explains: “Identity is a problem that is closest to me. when I work in the shop I always have comments at least every other day from people asking me why my hair is, where it came from and saying that my accent is ‘very good’ for someone who is black.

“I learned to brush it off. ‘Cause now I’m used to it

“I have been involved with Beyond Skin and I have spoken on the charity committee about identity and hair. and the impact it had on your life as a breeder growing up in Northern Ireland.

“I feel really happy. that can do that and may help change things for other young people.”

In addition to cultural diversity Rwanda is also focused on doing what it can to help highlight poverty.

The cost of living crisis was something she could personally relate to as well. She revealed that her childhood was difficult: “People who can’t shop are close to me.

“My mother was uneducated and my father didn’t work day-to-day in life and things were definitely very difficult. When I try to heal things together when I grow up

“That’s why I feel good relationship week is so important and why I wrote a song about the cost of living crisis.

“Because people know who I am. I hope young people really listen to what is said in my songs. and really understand it

“I think we all need to think about what we can do to help others. If we see people in the street who need help. We should help them.

“Even taking the time to give advice can help someone. I think this week has brought us together and used our voices for change. I just hope the people up high can hear our voice and make that change.”

It was a reiteration by Jacqueline Irwin, chief executive of the Council on Community Relations.

She added: “In a time of great change and uncertainty. We want Good Relationship Week 2022 to celebrate the outstanding good relationship efforts of local organizations across the region to bring communities together regardless of background, culture or heritage.

“Our intensive program of activities uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to highlight the political, social, economic and environmental challenges and opportunities facing local communities.

“Last week We have reiterated the message that ‘Change starts with us’ and our collective effort to achieve a sustainable future for our society.”

Find new Rwanda music on the Council of Community Relations Facebook page and YouTube channel.

For more information on the Good Relation Week 2022 program, visit goodrelationsweek.com.

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