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Nigerian creative industry and social media “influencers” have resolved to increase their engagement with governance, politics and public policy in order to create a better future for the country’s large youth population.
At the first Elevating Youth Voices Virtual Summit held last weekend on April 10 and hosted by the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET), a think tank headed by former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor Professor Kingsley Moghalu, musical and movie stars Jude (“MI”) Abaga, Kate Henshaw, Regina Askia Williams and Joseph Benjamin, as well as social media opinion leaders and #EndSARS activists Sandra Ezekwesili, Rinu Oduola, Catherine Obianuju ( “DJ Switch”) Udeh, and technology lawyer Timi Olagunju set out an agenda for greater youth engagement to improve governance. The event was moderated by Andrew Mwavua, an American community organizer in the United States, and Matilda Duncan, a radio journalist.
“We can’t afford not to use our platdorms for change”, Jude Abaga stressed. “Just because someone knows how to manipulate the elections game doesn’t mean they will be good for us.Today, I can see how the ignorance of our young people about how elections are won affects the quality of our lives”.
In his opening remarks at the event, Prof. Moghalu urged young Nigerians to take control of the present in order to shape the future. “With unemployment at 33% and 40 million youth unemployed or underemployed, 100 million living in extreme poverty, and United Nations demographics projecting a population of 400 million by 2050, what does the future hold for our young people who make up nearly 70% of Nigeria’s population? That future is now, and you must colonize it and shape it for the better”, he said.
There were differences of emphasis and nuance between the youthful panelists. For Joseph Benjamin, an actor, “we have a duty to engage with public policy and we have a duty to sensitize the people, but we as influencers must be careful about what we lend our voices to, because it also affects our brand”.
But DJ Switch, a disc jockey and music producer who played a prominent role in the #EndSARS protests and is now in hiding for her safety, criticized creative industry influencers who hobnob with corrupt politicians while criticizing bad governance. “If you are not good for me, then your money is not good either. Influencers need to take a stand! We cannot criticize a government that steals from us everyday and turn around and collect their money”, she emphasized.
The #EndSARS youth uprising highlighted the impact and power of social media, noted Regina Askia, a former Nigeria beauty queen and Nollywood actress who is now a United States based nurse practitioner and public health advocate. “#EndSARS hashtags yielded over 28 million tweets over one weekend”, she recalled. Askia noted that the challenge remained that of how the youth can be steered to more active participation in the political process, in particular voting in elections.
Sandra Ezekwesili, an influential radio talk show host, opined that “Nigerian youth are realistic about the reality of the electoral process and the political space”, but when it came to the #EndSARS protest, she said, “we have not been disobedient enough, more #EndSARS need to happen” for real change to come to Nigeria.
“Many of us would rather participate in a protest than vote through institutions that have failed us in the past,” said Rinu Oduola, an #EndSARS activist and student at Lagos State University who recently resigned as a member of the Lagos State judicial panel of inquiry into the shootings at Lekki Gate in Lagos by security agents during peaceful protests. “I left the judicial panel because I did not see any justice coming out of it”. Miss Oduala believed that “voter apathy is fuelled by the failed politicians the political parties put up as candidates”. “We need tried and tested individuals as candidates, not political party opportunists”, she said.
Moghalu reminded the summit participants that while peaceful protest remained an essential right in a democracy, it cannot replace the importance of voting in elections as a way to create lasting change by electing more competent leaders. The former presidential candidate in Nigeria’s general elections in 2019 recalled the Arab Spring protests that were driven by social media. “A decade later, the social and economic conditions of the Arab youth are worse now than at the time the protests swept through the Arab world”, Moghalu said. “That’s because the Arab youth failed to take the energy of the Arab Spring into structural politics by joining political parties, voting in large numbers for candidates of their choice, and standing as candidates. This left the old guard in these countries still effectively in charge”.
Kate Henshaw, a leading Nollywood actress who has been a candidate for elective political office, stressed: “It’s time to move from complaining on social media to action at the grassroots. The people who vote, half of them are not on social media”. She added that “social media has its good side, but we just have to give it more meat”.
“Culture shapes the destiny of nations, but politics can change culture”, Timi Olagunju, an intellectual property lawyer noted in his contribution at the summit. “Yes, social media matters, but advocacy is never enough, and we must move into action at decentralized community levels” he said.
The Elevating Youth Voices Summit had 1,000 participants from Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, France, United Kingdom, United States and other countries. The IGET will host the summit on a quarterly basis, focusing on topics affecting Nigerian youth and the country’s development.
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Made in Africa: Ugandan Music-Star Eddy Kenzo Launches New Album On New-York’s Times Square Bilboard

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Made in Africa: Ugandan Music-Star Eddy Kenzo Launches New Album On New-York's Times Square Bilboard

Made in Africa: Ugandan Music-Star Eddy Kenzo Launches New Album On New-York's Times Square Bilboard

Made in Africa: Ugandan Music-Star Eddy kenzo Launches New Album On New-York’s Times Square Bilboard

Top Ugandan singer, Eddy kenzo has released his long awaited Album, Made in Africa. The new album which has 21 tracks was launched on New York’s Times Square Bilboard on 30th April.

The African megastar followed up success from his fifth studio album, Roots, with this new LP which serves as another flawless victory in his book.

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In a tweet he shared on his page, the excited singer announced the launch of the new album on New York’s Popular Bilboard.

“I’m on #timesquare #bilboard for the Second time this time around its my latest album #madeinafrica along side #primemusic partners. Go check out the no1 album in Africa right now link in my bio ❤🤝🙏🇺🇬

Dr Amanda Ota, speaking on behalf of some of the partners at prime music partners, the major distributor of the new album joined other forces, and fans in commending the artiste for his new music project.

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“I am as excited as everyone”, Amanda said.

“Made in Africa will definitely challenge most compilation of songs by any artiste around the world. The collaboration with some artists was well selected which gives balance to the Album and will help him reach wider audiences. Eddy Kenzo’s talent has never been questioned and am glad he was able to prove that yet again”, she added.

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Tagged by some section of his fans as “Grammy worthy”, the new cohesive body of work will certainly go down as one of Eddy Kenzo’s best works.

For more information contact info@primemusicpartners.com

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Ex Beauty Queen Courage Ugboaja Gifts Herself a Car-gift on her birthday

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Ex Beauty Queen Courage Ugboaja Gifts Herself a Car-gift on her birthday

Ex Beauty Queen Courage Ugboaja Gifts Herself a Car-gift on her birthday

Ex Beauty Queen Courage Ugboaja Gifts Herself a Car-gift on her birthday

Former face of Nigeria and serial entrepreneur queen Courage Ugboaja gifted herself a brand new car, as she celebrates her birthday. The realtor who was recently awarded a United Nation global peace ambassador has no doubt made the women’s world so proud and has also, further motivated those who feel less of themselves to achieve greatness.

In a Facebook post, the model who will be representing Nigeria at the 2021 edition of Miss Global international pageant in Jamaica, said,

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“Dear self, ( Her Excellency )

You are such an amazing woman, you are beautiful just the way you are.. You are an Achiever, a Warrior, a Leader, a Mother, a Wife, a Daughter a Queen, and more. Today I want to appreciate you for staying strong throughout this years of struggles, thanks so much for always developing a strong immune system that fights diseases.Thanks so much for developing a shock observer that suppresses all the pressure that comes with work. Thanks for making me believe so much in my self, my abilities and finally in God.

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“Thanks for never allowing the fear of cold in the rain prevent my hustle.
Thanks for not allowing the fear of things I see in the bush scare me from repeating my visits.

Thanks for never allowing the fear of the unknown quench my quest for greatness and hustling morals. And today I wish to do this. Am giving you this (car) to say a big thank you for never developing any fault that would have made me stagnant… I love you so much dear self. Happy new cycle to me.

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“I Love this great woman.QUEEN COURAGE IFEOMA UGBOAJA Happy birthday to me.
BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM ME TO ME.
# faceofnigeria
#UnitedNations

Executive sales manager at Green Land Estate, Courage is known for her zeal and motivation to thrive in the business world and has capped her achievements with series of wins in her career.

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‘Made in Africa’, New Album by Ugandan Music Star Eddy Kenzo Out Soon

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 ‘Made in Africa’, New Album by Ugandan Music Star Eddy Kenzo Out Soon

‘Made in Africa’, New Album by Ugandan Music Star Eddy Kenzo Out Soon

One of Uganda’s music icons Edrisah Musuuza, known professionally as Eddy Kenzo, is set to release his much-anticipated Album titled “Made in Africa”.

Eddy disclosed via his twitter handle that the album which has 21 different tracks will be released across digital platforms on 30th April, 2021 and it features some A-list singers from Africa.

The Multi-award-winning Ugandan superstar who is a member of the Big Talent Entertainment is widely celebrated in the East African Nation and has been on the rise ever since he shot to global fame with his hit single, ‘Sitya Loss’.

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Eddy Kenzo, while speaking about his new project, praised his forthcoming album to be “the best (compilation project) he has ever made.”

“Several efforts has been made to ensure this Album turn out successful. This has to be my best Album and am super sure when released the fans will definitely like it”, he said.

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Dr Amanda Ota, a partner at prime music partners, the major distributor of the new album expressed her extreme satisfaction and collaboration to explore the East African music industry, “I am super excited with this new collaboration and upcoming Album.

“As an agency, our focus has always been to work and explore some of the thriving industries around the world. Eddy Kenzo has proven to be a real Afrobeat superstar and his success in Ugandan and largely across Africa can never be over exaggerated”, she said.

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The music star who was first Ugandan to win BET Award in 2015 will be hoping to make as much impact with the new Album, which intensively might place him higher in the global rank of Artistes from Africa.

For more information contact info@primemusicpartners.com

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