Nikki Samonas was announced as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency on 3 December 2020. She is a member of the LuQuLuQu campaign and strongly believes in supporting forcibly displaced Africans.
Refugees are our family, they are our sisters and brothers. They are our mothers and fathers and we must help.
Nikki is a Ghanaian actress, TV presenter and model. She has become a household name, known for her work in movies and TV series.
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. She has also hosted dinner events to gather resources, raise funds and provide support to families forced to flee.
In 2018, she was also a part of the Celebrity Car Wash event, hosted in Ghana to raise funds and create awareness around refugee issues. For International Women’s Day 2018, Nikki addressed a session of Women in Leadership at the SHE Summit in Accra to rally support for refugee families.
In 2019, Nikki supported a Congolese refugee in Ghana through English Proficiency Tuition - a requirement for students from non-English speaking countries for higher education.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic in 2020, Nikki actively participated in the LuQuLuQu fundraising and public engagement campaigns towards helping prevent the coronavirus spread in refugee camps, as well as the #Masks4Refugees campaign.
Nikki has consistently supported all UNHCR-LuQuLuQu campaigns and activations, including Step for Safety and F2F in Ghana, through her active participation and use of her social media to promote UNHCR fundraising and advocacy messages. She continues to advocate for refugees to her audiences through traditional and new media