Malabo, June 18, 2019 – Nelida Karr was officially named a UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Equatorial Guinea during the Gala on occasion of the Day of the African Child, held in the auditorium of the United Nations building in Malabo on June 14, 2019. Doña Constancia Mangue de Obiang, First Lady of the Nation and President of the National Committee on the Rights of the Child, together with the Representative of UNICEF Equatorial Guinea, Antero Almeida de Pina have presented the title she will hold for a period of two years. Nelida Karr becomes the youngest UNICEF ambassador in the Central African region.
The UNICEF Representative has highlighted Nelida Karr's "commitment to the country's children and young people, to a better education and protection from violence, abuse and exploitation." UNICEF Equatorial Guinea counts now on "Nelida's prestige, talent and eloquence to support UNICEF and send a message of hope that will reach the hearts and minds of all people."
Born in Malabo in the 1990s, Nelida Karr is known for her contemporary, eclectic and improvisational musical style. Singer, composer, producer, instrumentalist and even director and teacher of a music school in the Equatoguinean capital, Nelida defines her music as "afro-fusion", full of influences from her childhood and her own bubi ethnicity, with regional rhythms such as katya, kotto, bonko, mokom or antonobé, but also jazz, blues, and Spanish and Latin music. Her texts often reflect the reality of her country with a message of hope, peace and love. Many consider her work revitalizing, of moving melodies and expressions of multiple cultural and linguistic influences.
The Malabian singer has collaborated with UNICEF for years on a multitude of initiatives and events of all kinds. The organization has also participated in the funding of the School of Music, Sound Waves and Art (MOSART), which is run by Nelida Karr since 2018. The school aims to help children and young people in Equatorial Guinea, especially the most vulnerable, through music and art. It focuses on exploring, teaching and improving children's natural skills to help them develop their own creativity.
UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassadors are prominent individuals from the worlds of art, science, literature, entertainment, sport or any other field of public life who express a desire to contribute to the organization's goals. To this end, they pledge to use their popularity to spread the word about UNICEF's activities and promote its work.
UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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