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Their British aid money may have been pulled, but Ethiopia’s version of the Spice Girls are thriving and looking to expand, it emerged yesterday.

Ministers withdrew funding from the five-strong girl band called Yegna last year, after admitting foreign aid could be better spent elsewhere.

Yegna received more than £9million from the Department for International Development as part of a wider programme aimed at empowering women.

After the money was stopped, several philanthropic foundations stepped in.

As a result, the Girl Effect project, which oversees Yegna, will promote them beyond Addis Ababa and the Amhara region. A spokesman for the band said: ‘We’re now in a strong position and are looking forward to expanding in 2018.’

– Daily Mail