Kofi Kinaata addresses the UN on migration and his role as IOM Ghana’s Goodwill Ambassador

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Published on May 22, 2024

Highlife artist Kofi Kinaata presented a captivating speech to high-level delegates from around the world during the ongoing ‘International Dialogue on Migration’ at the United Nations Headquarters.

In his speech, Kinaata reminisced on his experience as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ghana’s Goodwill Ambassador, a position he has held since 2017. Kinaata explained what inspired him to accept the ambassadorial role, emphasizing the importance of IOM’s work. “IOM has aided many returnees.

He said, “I immediately accepted the offer when IOM contacted me in 2017.” They often conclude their testimonies with, “IOM reintegrated me, IOM helped me to come back.” In his remarks, he emphasized the profound influence that IOM’s programs have had on the lives of innumerable people who have been effectively reintegrated into their communities.

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The performer also talked candidly about the difficulties he personally confronts while penning songs about migration. He disclosed that his discussions with returnees were crucial in molding his comprehension and compassion, which facilitated the creation of significant and enduring music.

“Speaking to returnees helped me understand their experiences, which I then used to create songs that resonate with their stories,” he explained.

Kinaata provided a touching personal narrative, indicating that he could have easily fallen victim to the risks of stowaways if not for his music profession.

This revelation emphasized the risky decisions made by many young people in quest of better prospects, emphasizing the significance of the IOM’s mandate. Kinaata’s statement was welcomed with appreciation and respect from the worldwide group, many of whom recognized music’s capacity to raise awareness about immigration issues.

His passion and efforts as a Goodwill Ambassador have had a tremendous impact on the current migration discourse, both in Ghana and around the world. Kofi Kinaata, a passionate ambassador of Ghana, has continued to use his platform to campaign for migrants’ rights and well-being.

His work demonstrates the transforming potential of music and storytelling to encourage understanding and drive good change. Known for songs such as ‘No Place Like Home,’ ‘Thy Grace,’ and the most recent on his Kofi oo Kofi EP, ‘Saman,’ the multiple award-winning artist has proved his commitment to addressing irregular migration.

Source: Citinewsroom



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