UNICEF Enlists Celebrities as Children’s Rights Advocates
The United Nations Children’s Fund has enlisted Cobhams, WAJE, Kate Henshaw, and Ali Nuhu as UNICEF Champions for a period of 12 months.
The UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Cristian Munduate, said the collaboration symbolised a bridge between the commitment to child rights and the power of art and storytelling.
She explained that over the course of the next year, these champions would work with UNICEF to elevate pressing concerns related to children, spanning sectors such as health, education, nutrition, child protection, water sanitation, and hygiene.
“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.
“This collaboration symbolises a bridge between the commitment to child rights and the power of art and storytelling. Through music, film, and public engagement, we hope to touch hearts, shift perspectives, and inspire action.” Munduate said the UNICEF champions, would engage in numerous initiatives and campaigns designed to ensure every child’s right to survival, growth, development, and protection was upheld and championed.
Speaking, Kate Henshaw, said, Nigeria needed to be more intentional about child education, nutrition, health, the mothers, and the environment in which children are raised.
“If you don’t take care of children, they’ll be wiped out, and there will be nobody left. And children are so vulnerable, especially in Nigeria. They need special care.”
On his part, Ali Nuhu, pledged to step down the message in the local languages up north for proper communication.
Cobhams, another UNICEF Children Ambassador said it was important to use music to tackle challenges facing the children as it influences future generations and would reduce the flaws endemic in the country.
Also, WAJE who claimed to have been at the forefront of tackling issues concerning children reiterated there was a need to pay more attention to children.