Singer, 2Baba, has become the first Nigerian to be appointed a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
A statement released by the agency on Tuesday states that the singer was appointed due to his committment to improving the plight of Internally Displced Persons (IDP) in the Northeast.
“For the past three years, 2Baba has been a committed High-Level Supporter of UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign – a pan-African movement of people from all walks of life investing in a better future for forcibly displaced people across the continent.
“In this role, he has dedicated his time to uplift the narrative of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP) in Africa. In 2017, 2Baba visited IDP camps in north-eastern Nigeria’s Borno state,” it reads.
The 44-year-old singer, whose real name is Innocent Idibia, shared his experience with the IDPs.
He said, “These families shared heart-breaking stories of watching loved ones being kidnapped or killed, forced to flee the comfort of their homes and leave everything they knew behind. I saw how they struggled to access basic things that we take for granted – like food, water, education and healthcare,”
“I witnessed UNHCR’s work firsthand during my visits and commend the organization for being on the frontlines, providing emergency relief and support to forcibly displaced families. I believe in this organization and I’m proud to be associated with UNHCR.”