With reggae, Music Africa Awake preaches peace
For Music Africa Awake Foundation (MUAFA), the peaceful coexistence between the different ethnic nationalities of Nigeria will be re-enacted through the instrument of reggae music.
The Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Founder/CEO Prince Emeka Ojukwu made the pledge during the launch of the 7th Edition of the Nigeria Reggae Festival, to be held at the Trade Fair Motel, Trade Fair Complex, Badagry Express Way , Lagos, 11-13 November 2022.
According to Ojukwu, the event aims to herald peace and unity and root out xenophobic attacks in African countries. “We found out that Africans don’t like each other and that Nigeria is the most hated of African countries. We want to use this platform to preach brotherhood. We are a people who complete each other.
“Our mission is to use reggae music to educate young people to say no to crime and violence and embrace art. We also want to awaken the senses of Africans to understand that Africa is one but shaken by disunity, hence the need for collective action to save it from all forms of inanity for the benefit of our youth,” he said.
In his remarks, the band’s marketing consultant, King Oke-David, revealed that the essence of the festival is to use music to preach peace and reveal the wonders of Africa and Nigeria in particular. “Reggae music is a unifying factor that we want to use to help the country grow. We want to use it to engage our young people and save them from drugs and Ponzi schemes,” he noted.
Reggae artists headlining the event include Jethro Sheeran, Patoranking, Daddy West and future G3, who are set to release their work and embark on a tour of Europe. There will also be a seminar on music and health as well as an art exhibition.