Kofi Kinaata launches music project on safe migration

Ghanaian artiste and Goodwill Ambassador on Safe Migration, Kofi Kinaata has launched his ‘No Place Like Home’ music video under the auspices of IOM Ghana.

The launch which took place in Takoradi on 2 April 26,  2018 was part of a three-day awareness campaign on the dangers of irregular migration conducted in the Western Region, one of the main areas of origin for Ghanaian returnees from Libya.

Kofi Kinaata was appointed the UN Migration Agency’s first Goodwill Ambassador to promote safe migration in Ghana in November 2017. Through his music and direct engagement with communities and youth, Kofi Kinaata will support the Agency’s awareness-creation campaigns.

The song encourages the listener to think critically about the choice to migrate through the illegal means – saying that in the haste to make money, one forgets that the grass is not actually always greener on the other side and that there are opportunities in Ghana.

Kofi Kinaata drew inspiration for the song from personal experiences of friends from Takoradi who had migrated irregularly as well as from a recent trip to the BrongAhafo Region where he accompanied IOM in sensitization tours in Sunyani and Nkoranza.

In 2016, 5,636 Ghanaian migrants arrived in Italy by sea, an increase from 4,431 in 2015.

Most Ghanaians trying to reach Europe travel through Libya where about 700,000 migrants who live in the country suffer horrendous human rights abuses.

Since June 2017, under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative on Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Ghana, IOM has supported the return of 496 Ghanaians from Libya, and is in the process of facilitating their reintegration in their communities of return.

Awareness raising sessions were carried out with communities in Takoradi, New Takoradi and Sekondi in the Western Region through community events, focus group discussions and radio

Kofi Kinaata also accompanied IOM Ghana staff, Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) officers and members of the European Union Delegation to Ghana to his alma mater, Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI) to speak to the students on the dangers of irregular migration and the importance of making informed decisions.

 

Today Arts & Entertainment
…with Edward Blagogee (edward.blagogee@todaygh.com)

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