Afro-pop star, Oladapo Oyebanjo, aka D’Banj, has
called on African leaders to pay more attention to
female empowerment to curb poverty.
D’banj made the call at a media conference held at
Terra Kulture, Lagos on Friday.
He spoke on circumstances surrounding the
planned remix of Strong Girl – a rallying for
He said, “Women and girls everywhere are being
held back as a result of a lack of education and
economic opportunity. This stops them from
achieving their fullest potential.
“The first step is changing this in Nigeria so that we
can show the world we are taking women’s
empowerment seriously. Poverty is sexist and
women are always the most affected. But if we
empower one woman, we automatically alleviate
the sufferings of many households.”
Dbanj will, alongside Diamond, Banky W, Femi Kuti
and ONE.org co-founder, Bono, record the remix of
Strong Girl song.
The track, which was released recently, was
originally written and recorded by Arielle T,
Blessing, Gabriela and Judith Sephuma. Others
linked with it are Selmor Mtukudzi, Vanessa Mdee,
Victoria Kimani, Waje and YemiAlade.
Lending her voice to the call, Nollywood actress and
singer, OmotolaJalade- Ekiende, who also doubles
as ONE ambassador, said, “The male artistes
involved in the project are adding their voices to
Strong Girl’s call for action because poverty is truly
sexist, and it won’t end unless world leaders act
now to help girls and women reach their full
potential. Our message is loud and it’s impossible
to ignore, I hope that our leaders are listening.”