A Belated Congrats to M.I Abaga on his Nomination as UN GOODWILL AMBASSADOR!

I saw this in my box, made a note to share and yikes, I forgot! A belated congratulations to M.I Abaga on his nomination as UN Goodwill Ambassador.

Folks, so many important stories to share with you all but totally and absolutely pressed for time. So, know if I don’t get to those stories before we wrap up Friday, I’ll spend some quality time, this weekend,  discussing these issues because I am actually intrigued by them and need to get them out of my head. Plus, I most likely will discuss them offline anyways so I might as well invite you all to join the party.

Have a great Thursday and catch up soon!


Lagos, Nigeria October 10, 2012


On October 9 in Abuja, the European Union Delegation, UNODC, the NationalAgency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and the Nigeria
Immigration Service launched a nationwide “I AM PRICELESS” Campaign. Adopting the UN tradition of the appointment of Goodwill Ambassadors, UNODC announced the appointment of two National Goodwill Ambassadors, Jude Abaga, A.K.A M.I, multiple award winning Hip-hop artiste popularly known as Africa’s number one rapper and Ms. Joke Silva, renowned actress as the
Goodwill Ambassador for Human Trafficking.

The announcement of their appointment as Goodwill Ambassadors was made by the representative of the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Angele Dikongue-Atangana the Representative of UNHCR in Nigeria.

“It is a great responsibility to be part of this project, and I am committed to contributing meaningfully towards ensuring that smuggling of migrants is ended in Nigeria” Abaga explained to the press. The key note address at the launch was delivered by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Honourable Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke San, CFR. Also in attendance, were the Hon. Minister of Women Affairs and social development, Hajiya Zainab Maina and the Ambassadors of France, Finland and Norway.

The “I AM PRICELESS” campaign consists of several engaging and interactive activities including the grass roots campaign in 6 States, the production of advocacy materials and radio and television jingles, advocacy visits to State Governors, traditional rulers and secondary schools. As part of the
campaign, the project will also host stakeholders meetings, school dialogues, and a nationwide poem competition among others.

As Goodwill ambassadors, Abaga and Ms Silva join a short-list of prominent celebrities globally including Kanu Nwankwo and Femi Kuti who have been appointed as UN goodwill ambassadors in different capacities. Abaga who is known for his contribution to humanitarian issues has previously lent a voice against domestic violence and recently gave a haunting tribute to the tragic murders of 4 UNIPORT undergraduates.

M.I is signed onto premium record label Chocolate City and is the founder of the label, Loopy Music.”

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