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#GlobalGoals! African Stars Mafikizolo, Yemi Alade, Diamond, Sauti Sol, Toofan, Becca & Sarkodie Release ‘Tell Everybody’

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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Tell Everybody’ is Africa’s contribution to the ambitious global initiative to get the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to everyone on the planet within 7 days of being adopted by all the world’s leaders on 25 September. It features verses in English, French, Swahili, Pidgin and Zulu.

The song features some of the continent’s biggest stars, including Mafikizolo (South Africa), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania), Sauti Sol (Kenya), Toofan (Togo), Becca and Sarkodie (Ghana).

Written, recorded, produced and released by Africans for Africans, the song attempts to ignite the political passions of young people to hold their leaders to account in meeting the Global Goals: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and fix climate change by 2030.

Watch the video below.

To capture the voice of Africa’s youth, award-winning producers Cobhams Asuquo (Nigeria), David KING DAVID Muthami (Kenya) and Ellputo (Mozambique) decided to crowdsource two verses (one in French and one in English) using a competition, “Add Your Voice/Add Your Verse”, run by Every1Mobile for even the most basic of phones.

See photos from the video shoot and audio recording below.

Becca_Global_Goals_Frame Becca_In_Studio Diamond_In_Studio_B&W Ellputo_Good_Jobs_Board Group_shot_In_Studio_Global_Goals_Board KunleAyo_Cobhams_Diamond_In_Studio_B&W Mafikizolo_Global_Goals_Board Nhlanhla_Mafikizolo_Mic_Studio Sauti_Sol_In_Studio_Nairobi Theo_Mafikizolo_In_Studio_B&W Wambura_Mitaru_Clean_Water_Board Yemi_Alade_In_Studio Yemi_Gender_Equality_Board

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

5 Comments

  1. Ibinabo

    September 11, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    This is really nice.
    ..btw, I want to learn how to use a skateboard. 🙂

  2. Jay

    September 11, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Love it

  3. Trudy

    September 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Nice concept. Video is cool. Positive message but de song is not fine.

  4. Tosin

    September 11, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    very fun and lively project – i like.
    funny enough, na Sarkodie I understand pass, on top say I no sabi him Ghana language. powerful.
    i’ve been pretty critical of SEVENTEEN (overlapping) goals with the SDGs, when there were nine (overlapping) MDGs. I would have wanted fewer, no more than five, but that’s not the way international development works, they don’t mind the paperwork and the fifty-five directions at once. so i’m like, let’s see how they will communicate so many goals.
    Their three-point summary is a nice start:
    end poverty
    fight inequality
    tackle climate change

    the words they use are a bit combat-fighty-fighty for my taste, but hey.
    not but hey, can’t we find soothing and positive re-wording for this stuff? words matter:
    END POVERTY
    TARGET INCLUSIVE WEALTH
    NURTURE THE ENVIRONMENT
    (my copyright, yeah?) ok, the second is weird, target can mean + or -, and also a goal of a target is sorta ‘meta’ , recursive…sooo maybe BUILD inclusive wealth? not quite. Growth isn’t everything at this point. TARGET is closer. as in ‘aim for’ or ‘aspire to’

    ok, the essay done do. i’ll use my own three. peace.

    • Tosin

      September 13, 2015 at 7:08 am

      eight mdgs, not nine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Development_Goals

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