Award-winning Nigerian musician, producer and songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo has been appointed the national ambassador of The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, said the appointment is UNICEF Nigeria’s first National Ambassador in the last 15 years.
As UNICEF National Ambassador, Asuquo would help raise awareness on concerns around children’s rights and solutions, including issues around birth registration, immunisation, education and protection from violence.
“I am delighted to welcome Asuquo to the UNICEF family, particularly on Nigerian Children’s Day, dedicated to every Nigerian child, to give them a better place to survive, thrive and develop. May 27 was set aside to celebrate the importance of children in Nigeria, providing the opportunity to policymakers and families to focus on the holistic development of young Nigerians,” Hawkins explained.
The statement continued, “He had supported UNICEF Nigeria’s work since 2019, including producing the hits ‘I am a Nigeria Child (For Every Child)’, calling for every Nigerian child’s rights to be respected and protected. He also produced the song ‘We go Win (Corona)’, to raise awareness on how Nigerians can protect themselves from COVID-19. Asuquo had also produced the song ‘Tell Everybody’ back in 2015 to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, as part of the UN Global Goals campaign.”
The UNICEF representative expressed optimism that the national ambassador would continue to use his singing, passion and dedication to defend the rights of vulnerable children and young people in Nigeria.
The celebrated artist was enthused about the appointment. “Family, I’ve just been named the National Ambassador for UNICEF NIGERIA; the first in fifteen years. I am humbled and honored at the opportunity to serve in this capacity. Children’s rights and protection mean a lot to me and my music to me has always been a vehicle for positive social impact. I can’t think of a better way to start today. Welcome to a new era. Happy Children’s Day!” He wrote on Twitter.