The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) advisory unit of the Office of the President has chosen Martin King Arthur, better known by his showbiz stage name Kofi Kinaata, to serve as the Goodwill Ambassador for Ocean Action.
The ambassadorial job was formally presented on him by Dr Eugene Owusu, the Special advisor on SDGs to President Akufo-Addo toward the end of the two-day maiden edition of the National Blue Economy Summit in Accra.
Kofi Kinata said this, when he accepted the role that he would always advocate for the protection of the ocean so that future generations could benefit from the blue economy:
“Thank you so much for this honour. As a typical Tarkoradi boy, the ocean is nothing new, I am here to work with you to make sure this dream (to protect the ocean) becomes a reality”.
After the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission announced the closure of the season for artisanal fishing in 2019, he released a song to raise awareness about it.
The goal of the project was to educate people about the importance of following the rules of the government until the appointed time and help discourage illegal fishing and its methods.
In the video shot in a beach front region, Kofi Kinaata warned against involving synthetic substances in fishing. He urged people to take care of the bodies of water in order to preserve the water for future generations.
His interest in social issues has also seen him work with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He has written and produced a song titled “No Place Like Home” as a proponent of safe migration.