#Songs4Change (www.bit.ly/Songs4Change) is a weekly dose of revolutionary music to inspire social progress in Nigeria, and Africa more broadly. The songs — a mixture of old and new — advocate for positive change or bring awareness to important issues in our society. The initiative, called “Chime Asonye presents #Songs4Change,” will feature primarily African artist but will occasionally include songs from others that advance the theme of societal advancement and political consciousness. Special thanks to our media partners: YNaija 2015, Jaguda.com,Gidilounge, AmeyawDebrah, Tribex Marketing Group, Omojuwa.com, NigeriansTalk, Amplified Radio, NaijaDC, The ScoopNg.
Do you want to recommend a #Songs4Change or partner with this initiative? Please submit an email to: Songs4Change@gmail.com
Nigeria needs change; that is the message of EME Allstars song released in 2012. Coming on the heels of Nigeria’s 2011 elections, the group wanted to harness the energy and momentum of that period and find ways to continue to engage youth in the post-election process. This song does just that — speaking to the problems in Nigeria, and inspiring young people to be a part of the change they seek in their country. Also, encouraging civic action and voting saying:
From no light to bad roadsFrom armed robbers to Boko Haram
Instead of going higher
We go from frying pan to fire
We must rise and take a stand
What must heal our father land
We need peace and unity
It’s up to you and me
We must vote, na the way
Peaceful protest as we pray
Till they do just what we say
Till Naija begins to change
The video for “Change” sets the tone for a much larger and more in-depth documentary called, “Dreams4Naija.” The documentary (which was aired on TV Stations across Africa and is available on youtube here) features youth leaders, entrepreneurs, and activist discussing the nation, how to hold elected leaders accountable, and solutions and opportunities for the country. I was featured in the documentary and I hope you are inspired by it as much as I am.