Boris Kodjoe is using his influence to advocate for folic acid fortification in Nigeria. The actor recently visited the country, where he spoke on the effects of folic acid anemia and the need to fortify.
Boris revealed that folic acid anemia is a deficiency that is 75% preventable in new births with the fortification process. The actor then stated, “It would be a crime for me, to be in the position that I am and with the platform that I enjoy, not to raise my voice and try to use my power, my resources, to speed along the process. And that’s what I’m trying to do here.”
Nigeria is one of many countries, like the United States, that has mandated corporations to use the fortification process when selling food to the general public. Few companies in Nigeria, however, have heeded to the law and continue to produce and market food that is not fortified. “It’s really up to us to apply some pressure and make sure that we monitor the progress in this country in order for fortification to take place,” said Kodjoe.
Boris and his wife, Nicole Ari Parker, have become passionate about health and wellness since their daughter, Sophie, was diagnosed with spina bifida in 2005. The actor and his wife have done much to raise awareness and encourage healthy living through their foundation, ‘Sophie’s World,’ since then. Boris and Nicole have two children, Sophie and Nicolas, together.
Find out more about ‘Sophie’s Voice’ at the foundation’s website.