The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appointed of media personality and actress, Nikki Samonas and professional culinary chef, Kwame Annom (Biishville), as their newest Goodwill Ambassadors.
They both began their journey of supporting the plight of people forced to flee their homes in 2017 with UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign.
In their roles as LuQuLuQu High-Level Influencers, they have used their voices to help change the narrative of refugees.
In 2017, Nikki visited Ampain refugee camp in Ghana to learn more about UNHCR’s emergency response work and meet with families forced to flee their homes. According to her, this first visit affirmed her commitment to UNHCR.
“I am overjoyed to continue my journey with UNHCR as a Goodwill Ambassador. I wish to use my new role to champion ways to improve the lives of the most vulnerable communities in Ghana,” Nikki said.
Biishville, on the other hand, has used his unique craft as a culinary chef to draw attention to the refugee cause.
“As a Goodwill Ambassador, I dedicate my role in uniting refugees, host communities, and donors to increase support and awareness for the refugee cause and UNHCR’s work on the ground,” he said.
Their appointment comes at a time when UNHCR’s Global Trends report states that over 79.5 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced. Ghana currently hosts 13,355 refugees from over thirty different countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Liberia, Sudan, and Cameroon.
Nikki Samonas and Biishville most recently supported UNHCR’s Mask4Refugees campaign and previously participated in UNHCR LuQuLuQu’s Step for Safety walks, the UNHCR Greatest Gift Christmas campaign, and concert.
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