Mr Yinka "Lamboginny'' Lawanson
Born Yinka Lawanson in the mid 80s, Lamboginny grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. In his early twenties, Lamboginny was inspired by artists like the late Bob Marley and Afrobeat music creator “Fela Anikulapo Kuti” who used their voices and music for more than entertainment. “It was my idea to bring music and hope to prisoners in my home country of Nigeria,” said Lamboginny. An opportunity to serve arrived in October 15, 2009 when a friend paved the way for Lamboginny’s first prison concert. “Prisons permit pastors and teachers to minister to the inmates, but what about musicians”, asked Lamboginny. “When I saw their hope after hearing my music, I knew then that I’d found my purpose.”
Human rights activists say tens of thousands of vulnerable people have been detained or incarcerated either wrongly, or for misdemeanors over the past five years as a result of Nigeria’s repressive policies. To date, Lamboginny has performed a dozen prison concerts and has arranged for the release of 120 young Africans.
Lamboginny’s music mission does not stop there. With funds that he raises through his performances and record sales, Lamboginny works to reintegrate released inmates into society, to find them jobs, and to provide vocational workshops to juvenile offenders still in prison.
Lamboginny is also actively involved in the “One Million March Against Illicit Drug Abuse”.
Lamboginny is the first ever Music Ambassador to Nigeria Prison Service, Nigerian Drug and Law Enforcement Agency and a YALI (Young African Leader Initiative) West Africa Ambassador.
Lamboginny got his unusual name from his father, a marine engineer, who traveled a great deal. So, when his father was home, Lamboginny craved his attention. One day, Lamboginny’s father decided if he gave his son many chores, he could get some much-needed peace and quiet. Lamboginny finished the chores in record time, resulting in his father telling him he was as fast as the famous Italian sports car.
Lamboginny’s known for his hit song “Say No To Crime” featuring Nigeria All Stars, Gbaladun with Olamide and I Believe in Africa. His current album, SALT, has garnered great reviews and is available on iTunes.
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