Today in Lagos music superstars D’Banj, Diamond, Banky W and Femi Kuti joined forces with Omotola, Waje, Selmor Mtukudzi to produce a new remix of the Strong Girl song – a rallying cry for women’s empowerment featuring some of Africa’s top female stars that first got the world dancing in May.
In the new version of the song that originally featured Selmor Mtukudzi, Waje and Yemi Alade, among others, these strong women are now being backed by some of the leading males in African music. The song will also feature Bono, lead singer of U2 and ONE’s co-founder, and be produced by Cobhams Asuquo.
Waje, Bono and Selmor Mtukudzi
Strong Girl was originally written and recorded by Arielle T, Blessing, Gabriela, Judith Sephuma, Selmor Mtukudzi, Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Waje and Yemi Alade.
The artists are adding their voices to Strong Girl’s call for action because Poverty is Sexist, and we won’t end it 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.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
The timing couldn’t be more crucial. In just over a month the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the SDGs, will be signed by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York in September. These new goals will define the next chapter of global development. If world leaders get it right, and ensure women and girls are put first, it could make us the great generation to end extreme poverty and reaching the new Global Goals for sustainable development.
This opportunity is a once in a generation – while it’s up to leaders to do the right thing, it is up to every one of us to make sure our leaders do what they promise.