People and societies need heroes. Some are exceptional. In that, they come from the grassroots through trial and tribulation and winning over friends and gathering allies, even garnering enemies as strategic allegiances, and become internationally famous for their human rights work. Others can perform at a high level within the society and then become recognized by honourable organizations. One such organization is UNICEF, or the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. They appoint ambassadors.
Some Cameroonians, recently, have been appointed UNICEF Ambassadors. These should be great achievements and a pride for Cameroonians. Stanley Enow, renowned Cameroonian artist, has been appointed a UNICEF Ambassador. One of the main reasons is his recognition of the importance of a social conscience, as well as his acting on this via social responsibility.
As the UNICEF Representative in Cameroon, Jacques Boyer, said, “Stanley Enow is not only one of Cameroon’s most popular artists among young people, he is also a fine example of celebrities who have understood their social responsibility and mobilizes their energy and talent to make the world a better place for children.”
Enow has been known to be strongly committed to social causes such as human rights with a special emphasis on children’s rights. It’s a fundamental social recognition of the need to inspire a positive trajectory for the next generations of Cameroonians.
Through UNICEF, Enow will focus efforts, in his role as a UNICEF ambassador for Cameroon, on bringing vision and attention to the rights of children, especially some of the most vulnerable children in Cameroon. Some efforts will be focused on the need to mobilize appropriate resources for the children. He has visited various places so far in the ambassadorial role, including Bonassama district hospital, and elsewhere, to bring attention to the importance of vaccination.
Back in August, Enow stated, “It is a great honour for me to join my voice with other UNICEF Ambassadors in Cameroon to make the voices of children, especially the most vulnerable, heard. For me, it is important that we get involved and that everyone contributes to the achievement of a better world for children. This better world is attained through immunization that protects children from preventable diseases and gives them a better start in life.”