United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday announced the appointment of Nigerian award-winning musician, producer and songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo as its National Ambassador.
The appointment makes Asuquo UNICEF Nigeria’s first National Ambassador in 15 years.
As UNICEF National Ambassador, he will help raise awareness of children’s rights concerns and solutions, including around issues such as birth registration, immunization, education, and protection from violence.
UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins said: “I’m delighted to welcome Cobhams to the UNICEF family, particularly on Nigerian Children’s Day – a day that is dedicated to every Nigerian child, to give Nigerian children a better place to survive, thrive and develop.”
The statement noted that Cobhams supported UNICEF Nigeria’s work since 2019, including through producing the hits I’m a Nigeria Child (For Every Child) calling for every Nigerian child’s rights to be respected and protected, and We go Win (Corona), to raise awareness on how Nigerians can protect themselves from COVID-19.
In 2015, Cobhams produced a song Tell Everybody, to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, as part of the UN Global Goals campaign.
“Cobhams has already supported UNICEF to raise children’s and youth issues. I am sure that he will use his singing, his passion, and dedication to continue to defend the rights of vulnerable children and young people in Nigeria,” Hawkins said.
UNICEF quoted Cobhams saying: “It’s a huge honour to become a UNICEF Nigeria Ambassador.
“I am passionate about children’s rights, and I am passionate about Nigeria – and securing its future. The only way we can truly do that is through ensuring every child can fulfil their potential.
“I am thrilled to join the very impressive list of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors around the world supporting the protection and promotion of children’s rights globally and look forward to making my contribution to the improvement of the lives of Nigerian children and young people.”
Join us as we welcome Cobhams Asuquo(@cobhamsasuquo) to the UNICEF Nigeria family! The award-winning musician, producer and songwriter is our new national ambassador!#ChildrensDay#ForEveryChildhttps://t.co/3WaQSVtq3z pic.twitter.com/4KKsAl0mBO
— UNICEF Nigeria (@UNICEF_Nigeria) May 26, 2020