The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria has taken a bold step towards championing child rights by appointing celebrities from the entertainment industry as UNICEF Champions for a year.
Music producers and musicians Cobhams Asuquo and Waje, along with film actors Kate Henshaw and Ali Nuhu, will utilise their influential voices to address critical child rights issues in Nigeria.
Nigeria, often referred to as a “country of the young,” holds a statistic with 46 percent of its 180 million-strong population being under the age of 15, as reported by UNICEF. This demographic reality underscores the importance of safeguarding child rights in the nation.
The four newly appointed champions will play a vital role in amplifying these concerns. They will collaborate closely with UNICEF to bring attention to various issues such as health, education, nutrition, child protection, water sanitation, and hygiene. Cristian Munduate, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, praised their commitment, saying, “We are truly elated to join hands with such influential voices in the entertainment industry – Cobhams, Waje, Kate Henshaw, and Ali Nuhu. Their dedication and passion for children’s rights will undeniably amplify the urgency of the issues we fight for daily.”