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Hafsat Abiola, Salma Hayek Pinault & Jada Pinkett Smith at the launch of “Chime for Change” – Women’s Empowerment Initiative by Gucci, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Salma Hayek Pinault & Frida Giannini



Salma Hayek Pinault, Hafsat Abiola and Jada Pinkett Smith

Salma Hayek Pinault, Hafsat Abiola and Jada Pinkett Smith

Nigerian democracy activist/Current Special Adviser for Millennium Development Goals in Ogun State, Hafsat Abiola was at the launch of Chime for Change alongside Salma Hayek Pinault and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Chime for Change was co-founded by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Frida Giannini and Salma Hayek Pinault. Chime for Change serves to convene, unite and strengthen voices speaking out for girls and women around the world and will focus on three key pillars: Education, Health and Justice.

At the launch which took place at the TEDxWomen at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach California, Salma presented a short film that she narrates, with new music by Beyoncé, which introduced Chime for Change to the world.

She also presented the  first of ten Chime for Change short films, an extended trailer for “The Supreme Price” produced and directed by Joanna Lipper. The film tells the story of Hafsat Abiola (Founder of the Kudirat Abiola Initiative for Democracy – KIND)  gained prominence after her mother – Kudirat Abiola was assassinated as she rallied for the release of her husband, MKO Abiola who had been democratically elected as President of Nigeria but was imprisoned by Military dictator Sani Abacha. “The Supreme Price” is a 2012 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund recipient and winner of the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award.

Co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter said “I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women. Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be. It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honored to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation of young ladies.

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Pat Mitchell, President & CEO, The Paley Center for Media, Salma Hayek Pinault, PPR Corporate Foundation for Womens Dignity and Rights, filmmaker and author Joanna Lipper, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Hafsat Abiola and Maz Kessler

Pat Mitchell, President & CEO, The Paley Center for Media, Salma Hayek Pinault, PPR Corporate Foundation for Womens Dignity and Rights, filmmaker and author Joanna Lipper, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Hafsat Abiola and Maz Kessler

Salma speaks on the cause and "Chime for Change" initiative

Salma speaks on the cause and “Chime for Change” initiative

Hafsat & Salma

Hafsat & Salma

Johnson Publishing CEO Desiree Rogers, Jada & Hafsat

Johnson Publishing CEO Desiree Rogers, Jada & Hafsat

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Gucci


  1. temi

    March 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    nice one

  2. temi

    March 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I have noticed that all this celebrities, wen coming to Nigeria they don’t dress well but if they going for a function in their country they dress really well,after paying them so much for their appearance,so sad

    • choice

      March 1, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Nope, you noticed incorrectly this time, read and you’ll see that the event took place in TEDxWomen at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach California. Show me where that is on the Nigerian map.

      Meanwhile, why is it that Nigerian journalists choose to alter women’s names? Her name is Salma Hayek, she is married to a dude with a different last name, she did not take the name, but some oversabi will go and look for her husband’s name and add it to hers as if her name can not stand the way she has CHOSEN to keep it. According to Bellanaija, she must be defined by the new last name. Jada Pinkett Smith chose to change hers and that is good, that is her name, and that you got right but which one is Salma Hayek Pinault? Oh please.


      March 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      If you watch the official Chime for Change introduction video, you will see that she addressed herself at Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce addressed herself as Beyonce Knowles-Carter. All the official documentation and press releases for this project have included their names in this format.
      You can also check the official youtube page for the project –

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

    • Landon

      March 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Reading is essential.

  3. @ajiriavae

    March 1, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I’m happy for her. She has worked hard to keep her mother’s name alive.

  4. pynk

    March 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    FInally its not fashion.

  5. BlackMagic Babe

    March 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Salyma Hayak look short here wooooow…this TV can glamorous sumone sha…I don’t envy anymore after seeing Kim in naija..smh

  6. Stella Kashmoney

    March 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Good work. God bless her.

  7. jersey

    March 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    @temi, if you have taken your time to read the article, not only will you realise that the function did not take place in nigeria, but you will understand that the function is neither a party or an award ceremony…….

  8. Lola

    March 1, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    BN, MKO was not imprisoned by military dictator Babangida. The military dictator was Sanni Abacha.

  9. Funmi

    March 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I love how people who fail to read consistently show their asses in public. Just to be clear: read first, then comment. That’s the correct order of events.

  10. Yemy

    March 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Hafsat is definitely a Black girl that rocks! You go girl!

    • bess jeanty

      March 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      “An African woman that rocks” is more like it. Hafsat is not a girl. She is a lady, a woman, and an African.

  11. Myne Whitman

    March 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Great idea. Loving the initiative, now let me go chime…

  12. Baba T aka T Baba

    March 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I love it….. I chime for equality.

  13. Neni Stone

    March 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Salma and Jada are the same height?? Wow.

  14. Blossom

    March 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I only opened this link because I say ‘Beyonce’ in the title :p

  15. Soraya

    March 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    @ bess jeanty March 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM – very well said, thank you. I wish Nigerians could learn to address people properly. Lets not forget that Hafsat Abiola-Costello did not rest on her laurels or indeed on her parents’ own- she is an achiever in her own right. She is also a graduate of Harvard University!!!

    • Anonymous

      March 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      …and an alumnus of QC!

  16. NNENNE

    March 2, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Hafsat , I want your necklace! BTW, thanks for not bleaching. It is the norm these days.

  17. Ada

    March 2, 2013 at 1:47 am

    It’s so funny that nigerians watch tv and gloss through mags, thinking these celebrities are gazelles, with long lean legs, perfect boobs, skin, sans cellulite. Most of Hollywood celebs are below 5 feet, they have acne, cellulite, wrinkles and look very ordinary without all the glam.

    • Vexed

      March 2, 2013 at 2:06 am

      U haven’t said anything new duh……..they r celebrities and always out for occasions so of course they will always look glamorous……the same way with our local celebs, except u happen to meet them around since we all live in Naija, so rephrase that comment to some ple…

    • Anon

      March 2, 2013 at 3:06 am

      There you go. Well said.

  18. morenike

    March 2, 2013 at 6:36 am


  19. Ada

    March 2, 2013 at 8:38 am

    @vexed, i don’t understand your comment. How does celebs looking glamorous relate with people thinking they are tall like gazelles?

  20. bolade

    March 4, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Awesome initiative! oppression of young girls and women has to STOP! well done Hafsat, Bey, Frida and Salma!!!!

  21. Timma

    March 6, 2013 at 7:05 am

    The idea is a very good one,well done Hafsat and team,well done BN!

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