Actress, Nomzamo Mbatha is the current cover star for the Brand New You Edition of our Magazine, a brand ambassador and advocate for Puma South Africa, Audi South Africa, L’oreal Paris Hair, a high-profile supporter and influencer for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ LuQuLuQu campaign.

LuQuLuQu campaign was launched on October 31, 2017, by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to drive the agenda of collective effort in supporting refugees in Africa.

Nomzamo left South Africa on Saturday, February 24, 2018, to embark on a weeklong journey to engage refugees staring with refugee athletes at the Ngong Hills Sports Academy and then Kakuma Refugee Camp, home to over 180,000 forcibly displaced Africans from 13 countries.

My first visit to the country was as a 15-year-old in 2005, on a similar mission, selected to be part of 50 youths from across the continent, representing South Africa at a youth conference hosted by Save The Children Sweden. Coming back, the mission has not changed. I am moved even deeper in my pursuit of changing the narrative of the soil that birthed my people and me.” Nomzamo said.

With her determination to change the narratives of the African refugees by helping in finding a lasting solution to their situation. The main motive behind her expecting to join UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign. She is, therefore, calling on everyone to support the campaign to help realize its purpose.

Speaking on her mission on the trip, Miss Mbatha said: “I always advocate the importance of taking on a cause, endorsement, any role for that matter, from a position of alignment with my personal mission. The plight of our displaced African brothers and sisters has been one close to my heart to support and lend my voice too – I believe, making the personal connection is key to fully champion their plight. I have to speak and action not just from a place of understanding, but of experience as well. I am filled with expectation and excitement for my two-day stay at the Kakuma Refugee Camp.”

UNHCR first hosted Miss at the Ngong Sports Academy for Refugees, which is home and training centre for past and future refugee athletes. The academy houses 27 athletes, seven of which participated in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

She also narrated her experience with the athletes “It was so moving to see the very face of HOPE and impact. That was once the run and race from violence are now that of running towards something with a purpose beyond that of despair and destitution. Team Refugee now has a voice on the world’s biggest stage, the Olympics. Team Refugee matters.”

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