Joseph Yobo, Perpetua Nkwocha join other African legends in COVID-19 campaign

Joseph Yobo

Former Nigeria internationals, Perpetua Nkwocha and Joseph Yobo, have joined other African legends in the social media Stay Safe campaign by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in partnership with Speak Up Africa.

A statement on CAF website on Wednesday said, “CAF in partnership with Speak Up Africa have launched a social media challenge to further raise awareness on proven COVID-19 prevention methods as part of the Stay Safe Africa campaign.

“The new online challenge forms part of the Stay Safe Africa campaign, which seeks to empower communities and individuals to take simple and proven preventive measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Africa.

“Stay Safe Africa, launched by Dakar-based advocacy tank Speak Up Africa, brings together partners to work towards a common goal of saving lives by increasing investments and awareness to protect our continent.

“This new threat will ensure access and treatment from other ongoing health threats.

“As part of the challenge, influential players are inviting their peers and everyone to participate in the challenge by recording a video of them doing 19 kick ups and sharing it on social media.

“To date, African football legends Ahmed Hassan (Egypt), Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria), Joseph Yobo (Nigeria), Karim Haggui (Tunisia) and Trésor Lomana Lualua (DR Congo) have shared videos.”

The statement added that CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, had also participated in the challenge, as CAF lends its influential voices, clubs and legends to the campaign to help protect one billion Africans from COVID-19.

“We encourage everyone to take part in this online challenge to raise awareness and incite positive change in health practices and behaviour,” said Executive Director of Speak Up Africa, Yacine Djibo.