Top gospel artiste, Nikki Laoye has added another feather to her congested hat. She’s now the Voice of Refugees, in the South West geo-political zone. She is saddled with the responsibility of taking care of displaced persons in the region being a naturally caring person.
In this interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly, the talented music maker outlined how she intends to go about her new duty as an ambassador for humanity and much more…
I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to serve and help my brothers and sisters. It’s no fault of theirs that they had to settle here in Nigeria as wars, unrest and other unavoidable circumstances in their countries have displaced them. It’s our duty as caring Nigerians to make them feel at home and provide them with the necessary assistance to get back on their feet. And I would definitely help to drive this campaign to the best of my ability.
How were you contacted?
I was contacted by the South West zonal office of the NCFRMI (National Commission for Refugees, Migrants & Internally Displaced Persons), a humanitarian establishment under the Federal Government of Nigeria, who had been on the lookout for celebrity representatives who have a passion for humanitarian work.
What do you think gave you an edge over others?
Aside music , I am also a humanitarian with an NGO founded by me in 2010 – Nikki Laoye’s Angel 4 Life Foundation, that mentors and supports visually impaired and physically challenged youths.
The commission had recently come across some of my foundation’s activities and reached out to me.
Being Voice of Refugees, what are the things expected of you?
As a Voice for Refugees, my duties include projecting the activities of the commission and also help bring to the fore the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons within the South West Zone.
How long would the deal last?
For now, it would last for a year and it’s subject to renewal.
What made you accept being the Voice of Refugees?
Personally, I am a caring person with a genuine heart for the well being of others hence the decision to work alongside the NCFRMI (National Commission for Refugees, Migrants & Internally Displaced Persons).
Your latest video, 123 was well received by your fans, how does that make you feel?
Of course, I am very happy that people are crazy about the video as I have received numerous reviews across Africa and Europe. The song had received the same huge response at its earlier release. A lot of work went into the production of the video with the scripting and styling by me; the choreography by Temisan of Alien Nation Dance Group and Stephen of Kaffy’s Imagneto Dance Team. The video was directed by Frizzle & Bizzle Films and shot here in Nigeria at the University of Lagos.
I simply wanted to make a happy song…a song that will bring joy and laughter into the heart of everyone as we all definitely thank God each day for the gift of love, life and family. The song was produced by my younger brother and producer, Xblaze Ade Laoye.
How are you enjoying marital bliss?
I thank God. We are doing great; working, loving and learning from each other daily.
How would you rate your career?
Right now, my career has kicked off to a great start once again after my brief hiatus since 2011, when I lost my No. 1 boyfriend my dad, Prince Olushola Laoye. Winning The Headies in December 2013; recording the National Anthem video and the huge trend of my latest singles – 123, Only You and Your Number are great blessings and I am working harder to do more each day.
The year is still young, what else should your fans expect from you?
They should expect more of Nikki Laoye – the urban contemporary Christian artiste, who is a believing born-again Christian, a worshipper, a lover, a fighter, a survivor, a motivator, who speaks about her faith, life’s issues and experiences; love and relationships.
With each song, I would always be a voice of inspiration, encouragement, love, healing, hope, joy, straight from heaven’s gates to the hearts of men.
– DOLAPO AMODENI