The call for Africans abroad to return to the continent has been given some more support by MOBO award-winner and ‘Antenna’ hit-maker Fuse ODG.
In an interview on the BBC’s News Day programme earlier on Wednesday, the Ghanaian born Afro pop superstar called on Africans worldwide to rally behind development efforts to change the negative perceptions about Africa and make it as good as the countries they have emigrated to.
“It’s a call of action. Africa is not all about the negatives. We need to actually do something. We need to actually take action to make sure that the perception actually changes and as being in Africa and actually something to make sure that Africa is a great place to be,” he said.
He added that: “We need to go back to the continent to re-invest and invest our skills because I feel that our parents left Africa because the home that they had was not quite habitable for them…so it’s important that we rebuild our home…and I feel that it has to be our generation. We’ve gained skills from the UK, we’ve gained skills from the US and it’s our responsibility to build Africa,” he continued.
Fuse ODG disclosed in the interview that he is on a mission to showcase the new Africa to the world through his music.
His TINA – This Is the New Africa – movement became a global phenomenon after the success of his first two singles ‘Azonto’ and ‘Antenna’. The latter featured Wyclef Jean and earned him a MOBO Award.
Fuse ODG, born Nana Richard Abiona, is expected to release his ‘TINA’ album in May 2014.