NEW YORK, N.Y.—Entertainment and music legend Tito Jackson was awarded the title of U.S. Ambassador to Kenya for the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation and Honorary Citizen of Kenya by Kenya’s Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City, Calif. The ambassadorial ceremony, in which Tito Jackson was honored, marked the Kenyan Prime Minister’s inaugural trip to Los Angeles and the launch of the JOOF in the United States.
In his duties as Ambassador, Tito Jackson will serve as a national spokesman for JOOF and work in collaboration with Kenyan Ambassador Wenwa Akinyi Oranga along with the JOOF board of directors to create and develop projects and events to bring global awareness to the organization and its initiative in Kenya. The new U.S. office of JOOF is based in Los Angeles, the same location of the consulate where Ambassador Wenwa Akinyi Oranga operates. One of many projects already in development since Jackson’s appointment is an annual concert event that will serve as a fundraiser for health initiatives and the children of Kenya, where he and his band will perform.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be named JOOF ambassador and honorary citizen of Kenya by Prime Minister Odinga,” Jackson said. “I look forward to tackling the important issues of health and education in this east African country. Kenya is battling a number of life-threatening diseases including HIV/ AIDS, which has always been an important cause for my family and me.”
Through a combination of education and resources these health issues can be prevented. There is a lot of work to be done and I can’t think of a better organization than JOOF to spearhead the effort, so I am extremely proud and grateful to be a part of this lifesaving foundation.”