African singers hail JB

Genre : Society news
Principal country concerned : Column : Music
Published on : 27/05/2015
Source : 27 May 2015

Former Malawi president Joyce Banda is among top African women highlighted in a song by an outstanding line-up of top women musicians from across Africa who have joined forces with international NGO One to create a song titled Strong Girls, which rallies to empower girls and women everywhere.
Nine artists from seven African countries came together in South Africa earlier this month to write and record the track.
They were joined by Nollywood actress and activist Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, who stars in the Strong Girls video. The women are calling for action based on the notion that poverty is sexist which will not be overcome unless world leaders act to help girls and women reach their full potential.
The artists are Arielle T from Gabon, Gabriela from Mozambique, South Africa's Judith Sephuma, Selmor Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe, Tanzania's Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani from Kenya as well as Nigeria's Waje and Yemi Alade.
The artists continuously mention some of the successful women on the African continent who efforts have impacted on millions of people and remain stars in their respective fields.
The song has been done in different languages, including Shona, French, Swahili, Setswana and Portuguese.
Strong Girls, which portrays an image of female empowerment and with a can do it attitude, was recorded by Nigerian producer Cobhams Asuquo, who won critical world acclaim with his production of Asa's chart-topping hits Jailer and Fire on the Mountain.
The video was directed by Godfather Productions, who has produced and directed some of Africa's biggest music videos.
One's call to action is already backed by more 36 of the world's most powerful women, including Beyonce, Meryl Streep, Lady Gaga, Angelique Kidjo and other leading women from the worlds of business, arts, politics and activism.
They have written an open letter to Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and African Union Commission Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who both host crucial summits in the coming months that should set people on a path to agreeing Global Goals that put women's empowerment at their heart.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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