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First Listen: 2Baba Releases 'Hold My Hand,' A Song For World Refugee Day

First Listen: Nigerian legend 2Baba shares a song in support of support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria.

Today marks World Refugee Day across the globe.


In honor of the day, Nigerian afropop legend 2Baba has released the new single, "Hold My Hand," which he's sharing to support internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The Bolji Beatz-produced song features features vocals from Grace Mathew, an 8 year-old girl from an IDP camp who witnessed the killing of her family in Borno, where she's since fled from.

2Baba will donate 60% of the song's profits to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nigeria, in order to help refugees and IDPs.

"Hold My Hand" is available for purchase now. 

"The plight of Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria is very dear to my heart," 2Baba writes on his Instagram page.

"I have decided to dedicate my time, resources and my voice to support the UNHCR in this massive endeavor of alleviating the sufferings of displaced persons," 2Baba mentions.

"60 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the UNHCR to further its humanitarian effort to alleviating the plights of refugees and IDPs," he continues. "This download is an opportunity for every Nigerian to contribute in their own little way to the course of assisting displaced persons."

Stream and download "Hold My Hand" below.

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