‘D’Banj is not our youth ambassador’ – United Nations
NEWSMAN, Abuja – The United Nations on Wednesday denied that popular Nigerian musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj, is a United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace.
Director of Information, United Nations Information Centre for Nigeria, Joseph Kayanja, clarified the issue in an email chat with The PUNCH newspaper.
In 2012, D’Banj’s publicists had claimed that the musician was the first Nigerian to be appointed a UN Youth Ambassador for Peace.
Following the rape allegations levelled against D’Banj by Seyitan Babatayo, an online petition kickstarted with the aim of calling on the UN to strip the musician of the title.
The petition on Change.org has been signed by over 22,000 people as of June 24, 2020.
Responding to an inquiry, however, the UN said that D’Banj was never at any time given the title of ambassador by the global body.
“I would like to confirm that the said Mr. Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj is NOT a UN Ambassador. The title was accorded to him by an obscure UN youth association which has nothing to do with the United Nations. I hope this clarifies.”The Director of Information, United Nations Information Centre for Nigeria, Joseph Kayanja confirmed.
The Kokomaster, who recently signed an endorsement deal with Heritage Bank to mark his 40th birthday, is currently a subject of police investigation.
Seyitan’s friend, Benjamin Ese, in a Twitter thread in early June, had told the story of how D’Banj allegedly raped Seyitan at Glee Hotel, Lagos two years ago – in December 2018.