D’banj headlines “Our Time” initiative & concert series to inspire youth to register and vote

Posted on Friday, February 4th, 2011 at 3:12 PM

By BellaNaija.com

As the voters registration process for the 2011 Nigeria General Elections comes to a close in a few hours, D’banj has launched an initiative called “Our Time” along with Mo’Hits and many of Nigeria’s top music stars.

Find out all about “Our Time” via the press release below:

“OUR TIME” is a youth targeted initiative put together by United Nations Youth Ambassador D’banj  leading artist and entrepreneur in Nigeria.

D’banj has formally announced in a press conference on the 2nd of February, that he will be leading a group of artists in Nigeria, with the support of icons and professionals to engage Nigerian Youths in the ongoing voters registration.

While various organizations have been formed to support this cause, this is the first time in Nigerian Entertainment History, that artists
have formed a coalition, to encourage the Youth of Nigeria to register
to vote, vote, and have a voice in the future of Nigeria.

At a time of political unrest in the African body polity, Nigerian
youths demonstrate true democracy.

OUR TIME ensures the participation of the youths in the ongoing Democratic transformation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It is the findings of OUR TIME that only 8% of eligible youths are registered to vote and it will do the ongoing democratic Motransformation harm if there is a low turnout of the youths in the forthcoming elections.

It is the belief of OUR TIME that a strategy is devised to ensure youth participation in the ongoing voters registration and in the forthcoming elections.

OUR TIME demonstrates the vision of progress and change in the Nigerian body polity and positions the leadership as a beacon of hope and a shining light at a time when parts of Africa are in turmoil.

The Intentions of OUR TIME is to utilize a unique platform to create a campaign that will mobilize the youths to participate in the ongoing voters registration exercise via radio jingles, television ads, print media, online marketing and concerts in six geographical regions in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Led by D’banj and Mo Hits Records, a 6 state concert is being planned which will feature top international African and Nigerian artists. Entry to the concert will be strictly by showing your voters registration card.

The advantages include positioning Nigeria under the present leadership as a true democratic country, ensuring the massive participation of youths in the democratic process, initiating change through positive social interaction, worldwide media coverage of the positive changes thereby showcasing a new Nigeria and the power of the youths to decide their leadership.

D’banj, Musical Artist and UN Ambassador for the youths and foremost voice of the youths in the Federal Republic of Nigeria alongside leading artists (Mo’Hits Crew, P-Square, Naeto C, Sasha, M.I, Duncan Mighty, Terry G, Timaya, Timi Dakolo and many others) embark on a series of free concerts in six geographical regions of Nigeria in a bid to ensure youth participation in the ongoing voters registration. Entry into these concerts will require no gate fee, only your Voters Registration Cards.

It has been proven that the entertainment industry is the fastest growing and most vibrant industry in Nigeria and entertainers have the ability to motivate the youths to perform their civic responsibilities.

D’banj and all supporting artists, hereby formally announce that it is OUR TIME; we must register, participate and vote.

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  • 24 Comments on “D’banj headlines “Our Time” initiative & concert series to inspire youth to register and vote”

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    • davis kolawole February 4, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      good concept but i hope politicians won’t hijack the process for their own selfishness…..let them not be endorsed by any political party or politician or any organisation with political interest.

      • baniya March 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

        Fast Foward March 17. You Predicted perfectly well. The concept has now been hijactked by the ruling party.

      • Joebloggs March 23, 2011 at 4:33 PM

        Eyah! you saw this b4 hand. That is exactly what is now happening.

      • ib_dzzle March 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM

        march, 2011 (1 month after)
        guess what Davis, it’s been hijacked by the umblera ppl

      • NaijaBloodinMyVeins March 24, 2011 at 3:45 PM

        We need to stop dumbing down to these self-centered people of Nigeria. First of all, people who own twitter accounts and follow both D’banj n Eldee knows who started the movement “Our Time”. My Opinion: D’banj is one of the self-centered Nigerians that wouldn’t let Nigeria progess with his self-interest with money. Think about the future generation, what legacy would you leave on earth? You can predict tomorrow, make your choice wisely.

      • Olamide March 24, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        You, sir, are clairvoyant. :)

      • Mrs Ade March 26, 2011 at 4:20 AM

        Kai I give you hand AND leg! Your prediction pass mark!

    • Daretospeak February 4, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      exactly what came to my mind!Well said..

    • the truth!! February 4, 2011 at 10:32 PM

      Something tells me this is not an impartial movement. registration ends tomorrow so what do they achieve if 92% of the youth have already not voted. Wasn’t D’Banj on stage with Goodluck when he declared he was running for office?…

    • John February 5, 2011 at 11:22 AM

      nice

    • Spotted February 5, 2011 at 11:22 AM

      the truth!!
      Something tells me this is not an impartial movement. registration ends tomorrow so what do they achieve if 92% of the youth have already not voted. Wasn’t D’Banj on stage with Goodluck when he declared he was running for office?…

      Weldone. Well spotted! Moreover, I don’t think they will ever do a “free show” without been paid by some organisations.

    • Seductress February 5, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      Did they just know about the registration exercise…*hiss*

    • nich February 5, 2011 at 6:58 PM

      For those of us who watched CNN last night, we were not as surprised when they revealed that HOSNI MUBARAK of Egypt was worth with his family $70 Billion Dollars. I want to say that this has been the case with all african leaders including nigeria with or without democracy. For how long must this continue.

      My fellow brothers and sisters on this site, i believe jonathan is a good person….but what we need in nigeria is judgement. For some reason i believe that Mallam Nuhu ribadu is the man who can bring death to all the people who have looted and destroyed our great nation. He also has the tendencies to go against the most powerful people including the man obasanjo who brought him into.

      As we decide to vote, we should also decide that any leader who refuses to give us electricity in 2yrs must face our protest like in Tunisia and Egypt. The yoruba’s should no longer be cowards and should lead the protest while the igbo’s and other tribes follow. Everybody has now seen the reason why the igbo man fought.

      It would be better for us to lay down our lives for our born and unborn children than for them to suffer what we have been through in the hands of evil men. Without force believe me that the niger delta will still suffer for the rest of their lives and yet this is a nation richer that europe and america.

      The issue has never been democracy…..africa is the riches continent in the world….but evil men hijacked the nation. It is not enough to leave nigeria for europe or united states…we should remember that this is our country.

      i am not a politician but i am only bearing my mind.

      • teemoney February 6, 2011 at 6:28 PM

        Mallam Nuhu ribadu is good man, but he is not in the right party,ACN is a one party.
        Another thing is that the problem we have in this country is that people who claim to be fighting 4 change, are fighting 4 there own interest.

    • Segun March 22, 2011 at 5:51 AM

      PDP hijacked this concept afterall. I saw an advert in the newspapers stating that this ‘our time’ is a youths for jonathan campaign concert. Just when i began to get excited about our artists coming together for something positive.

    • Deji March 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      @ Segun, eLDee just issued a disclaimer. According to him, when the concept came, it was supposed to be non partisan but now some of his colleagues have used it to support the GEJ campaign. See full story on
      http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150113896423148
      Another reason why u shldn’t vote PDP

    • Fairy Godsister March 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      Who said Dbanj is the voice of the youth and the foremost Nigerian artist? That’s false, and I’m sure the writer of this piece knew it, even as they wrote it.
      http://www.fairygodsister.wordpress.com

    • Olusegun@Internet-Earner March 24, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      Waoh. with all the recent developments and elDee dissociating himself certain political manipulations, we can only anticipate anything really.

    • y8? March 24, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      Eldee should shut it already I don’t think any sane individual would hijack any initiative without the knowledge/consent of the owners in these days of copyright. Was he living in the cage when hollywood stars were all partisan endorsing Obama in 2008. I believe he must have been sidetracked and out muscled out of the spoils of the payment made by PDP hence his outburst. If he doesn’t want to be partisan then he shouldn’t show up for the concert then we can say he has nothing doing with it not this cheap publicity-high horse moral pursuit.

      • Ilemona March 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM

        Y8? U’re the one who should shut it. Have U seen or heard anything anywhere that would lead you to believe that he was lying? Up till today DBanj or the GEJ campaign team haven’t issued a statement refuting this. Doesn’t that tell you something? Abi U’re just saying cos that’s what U’d do if U were in the shoes?

    • kjemimah March 26, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      Sorry eLDee dnt b grieved, I really feel ur pain. But believe me, there’s no smoke without fire; 1 of u probably sold u out…2 bad no more Intergrity, u dnt even knw who 2 trust again.

    • Yemi March 26, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      Y8, are you P-square, NC or one of the other artistes billed to perform wey don collect “Gbemu”??? What’s your beef? Apparently even you haven’t any integrity – guess you fall in league with the Bode Georges who get outta jail after looting and are celebrated.
      Read thru El-Dee’s piece and you’d understand he was one of the initiators and to get your thing yanked out from under you….pphssk! And Y8 is either too stupid to understand or just playin himself to see that the piracy or copyright act wouldn’t cut; not with its voluntary nature and the kinda mature minds at play.
      Is there really any hope for Naija??? I honestly feel the “Good guys” are still out in the flanks watching…..
      Just so understand El-Dee’s point, virtually everyone in showbiz has gone partisan – sold out!

    • mahmood mohd njiddah April 5, 2011 at 8:01 AM

      Artist turn partisan, but they are not the representaion of Nigerian youths. those who pursue their cake with Nigerian youths, posterity will surely catch up with them. how selfish are they? Very selfish indeed.