Year 2022 marked the 20th Anniversary of Jazz for Peace concert at the United Nations, which is now a part of history. Jazz for Peace, founded by Rick DellaRatta, came to Nigeria for the first time, for a historic event to honour the peace causes of Ukpeme Akpan Okon, The Values String, The Peace Agenda, The Peace Agenda Summit, Youth Empowerment Through Music, and other good causes.
On July 9, 2022 Rick DellaRatta, UkpEmem, and other performers performed a Live Concert and Worldwide Cybercast event at the prestigious Nigerian National Merit Award House (Merit House) Auditorium , Plot 22, J.T. Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.
Profound thanks to:
Rick DellaRatta, Jazz for Peace, and Debra Cerritelli,
Sponsors: Bolude Ibitolu, EddyLiz Nigeria Ltd., Gracehill Insurance Brokers Ltd., Mutual Alliance Mortgage Bank, Crystal Plates Restaurant, AL-HAQ Pharmacy and Stores, iRock Films, Quaverlove Studio, Caribbean Celebrities Radio (CCR), BUSH House Nigeria, STIR Foundation, Mediators & Advocates of Peace (LAMPAIX), Project 142, Blue Rose Media, and Prodigal Sun Radio (PSR), Abuja Jazz Club, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Rotary International District 7620, Jevinik Restaurant, Rotary Club of Abuja, Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja Branch (Unity Bar), Universal Peace Federation (UPF), Nigeria Chapter, Mediation, Peace and Vocational Training Initiative (MPVTI),
Partners: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria — Washington D.C., Downtown Events,
The Management and Staff of Nigerian National Merit Award House (Merit House),
Farida Sambo, Mistress of Ceremonies﹘Glory Ohagwu, Patrick Eteng, Gideon Edache, Victor Okereke, Tosin Adeniran, Emmanuel Odidi, the Media Team, the Music Team, the Technical Team, the venue decorator, the ushers, the Security Team,
Performers: Rick DellaRatta, UkpEmem, Abuja Jazz Club Band, Cecilia Okoroma the Jazzist, Mentty, Lulu,
Presenters: Patrick Eteng, Nkeiruka Uwalaka, Uduak-Abasi Akpabio,
Physical concert Attendees, and online concert Attendees,
My family, my supporters, and supporters unbeknown to me,
for their contributions toward the successful, memorable, historic Jazz for Peace Concert Nigeria.
I wish you Profound Peace!
Ukpeme Akpan Okon/UkpEmem