Between Tuesday 13th July and Monday 19th July, 2010, a period of about one week, history was recorded as twenty (20) Nigerian artistes converged on the Ilupeju Lagos recording studio of Delta State born music producer Magege Theophilus (Ex-O) to lend their voices to the Cool2Vote Nigeria campaign with the recording of “I Go Vote” a song with a strong undiluted message encouraging Nigerians to participate actively in the forthcoming elections and even future elections by registering to vote and showing up at the polls to cast their ballots.
Described as Nigeria’s biggest new age collaboration, the song parades some of Nigeria’s finest music talents now fondly dubbed The Cool2Vote All Stars. They include acts like Lami, Sound Sultan, Waje, Wizkid, Skales, Kel, General Pype, Denzel, Wordsmith, Timi Dakolo, Skuki, Mo Cheddah, Mtrill, Emmsong, Iyanya, YQ, Efa, Oh! and Ex-O.
Speaking about the song, National Coordinator of the Cool2Vote Nigeria Campaign, Fi’ammari Machar Zoaka was very enthusiastic that the song will deliver its intended message across board. “Whether old or young, we believe this is one song that will surely resonate with all classes of the Nigerian people and get every Nigerian of voting age to register to vote and vote. The commitment which all artistes on this song displayed during the recording is remarkable. Nigeria will forever be grateful to them for this patriotic expression of belief and hope in the possibility of a new Nigeria, he said.”
Cool2Vote Nigeria is a not-for-profit, strictly non-partisan coalition of Nigerian celebrities, young professionals and political leaders aimed at mobilising young Nigerians of voting age to REGISTER to vote, VOTE at the polls, and PROTECT their votes at the 2011 elections and beyond. The campaign is NOT endorsing any candidate or political party.
Born in the throes of electoral decadence, Cool2Vote Nigeria has set out to use the power of pop-culture, new social media and technology to capture the hearts and minds of young people towards political consciousness. It is inspired by the belief that young people have power like never before to shape the direction of their nations by their participation in the electoral process as exemplified by the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama.