Nigerian music star Innocent Ujah Idibia, known by his stage name 2Baba, has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) made the announcement via Instagram.
“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,” it said.
“We’re delighted to announce that Afropop music legend @official2baba is our newest Goodwill Ambassador.
“For the past three years, @official2baba 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.
“As an Afropop music legend, 2Baba has given his voice to refugee and IDP causes. In 2017 he wrote and recorded the song, Hold My Hand, a dedication to internally displaced persons. “The song helped raise funds for UNHCR’s humanitarian response. He has also, generously contributed his own personal funds to support refugee and IDP families in Africa, while continuing to use his celebrity status to raise awareness and support for UNHCR’s work.
“2Baba is the first Nigerian to be appointed as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and we commend him for being part of the movement challenging the narrative of the African refugee.
“I feel very honoured, I feel very grateful, at the same time it’s a huge responsibility for me and I know that I’m equal to the task,” the musician said. BBC