MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.
Weah, who before he retired was FIFA's player of the year, is now a politician and singer. He worked with the Ghanaian musician, Sidney, to record the song. Its lyrics call, "Let us all arise and come together to fight Ebola; Ebola is real."
During a performance Sunday night, Weah said: "I know Africa will be affected if we don't take it seriously."
He said proceeds from sales of the song will go to the Liberian Health Ministry. Experts say fear and misunderstanding of Ebola have led many to ignore medical advice, fueling the disease's spread.
Ebola has killed 961 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.