ABUJA – Notable Nigerian artistes and their counterparts from other African countries will perform along the side-line of the ongoing UN-African Summit in Washington to support investment in the agricultural sector.
The summit, which is being hosted by President Barack Obama, is the largest gathering any U.S. president has ever held with African heads of state and government.
According to One.Org, an international campaign organisation that fights poverty, D’Banj, Femi Kuti and Omawumi will perform an event at the Newseum, including the song “Cocoa Na Chocolate’’.
Other artistes are A.Y. (Tanzania), Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Judith Sephuma (South Africa), Victoria Kimani (Kenya) and Wax Dey (Cameroon).
“Cocoa na Chocolate” is in support of ONE’s pro-agriculture campaign in Africa, “Do Agric, It pays ‘’.
D’Banj, who is a One.Org Ambassador, had led a larger group of artistes earlier this year during the official African Union Year of Agriculture to record the track song in support of ONE’s pro-agriculture campaign.
Their collaboration and advocacy work tapped into the dynamic African youth culture, prompting more than two million African citizens to take action and sign ONE’s Do Agric petition.
NAN reports that the US summit takes place only weeks after June’s African Union Heads of State and Government Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
At that summit, the leaders heeded the call of the petition signers in the Malabo Declaration.
The leaders pledged to increase investments in agriculture, double agriculture production and create millions of agribusiness opportunities for its large youth population. (NAN)