Popular Liberian reggae star, Rabbie Nassrallah alias Nasseman continues to gain international recognition for using his voice and talents to fight corruption in Liberia.
Nasseman, who is expected to be awarded and named Transparency International’s global ambassador in the fight against corruption, is currently partnering with the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to campaign against the menace.
In an exclusive interview with FrontPage Africa recently, the singer revealed that the award would be conferred on him at the 18th annual conference of the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark from October 22-24, 2018.
The IACC, first held in 1983, has evolved into the leading global forum on governance and anti-corruption. It brings together leaders from the public and private sectors, civil society, international organizations, academics and media to discuss the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption. The event takes place every two years in different regions around the world.
It can be recalled that at the event in Panama City in 2016, Nasseman won the Fair Play Anti-Corruption Music Competition with the video of his song “Bonkey.” Fair Play is an IACC’s sponsored global competition for original songs by young bands-age between 18 to 35 on the theme of anti-corruption, integrity, and fighting for social justice.
According to the Liberian star, the award in 2016 inspired him to become an anti-corruption advocate. He explained that ‘Bonkey’ in Liberian Pidgin refers to a corrupt individual and the goal of the song was to bring to light the adverse impact of corruption on Liberians, mainly the poor, and people from all walks of life.
“I did that music to highlight the impact of corruption,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Liberian star artist has been nominated for the Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award, which is expected to be held in Qatar this December.
The award is geared towards promoting the importance of tackling corruption and encouraging the implementation of the United Nations Convention against corruption.