Nigerian music artiste and ONE Campaign Ambassador D’banj, has made a passionate appeal to US President Barack Obama to make sure that African leaders implement agreements made at the US-Africa summit.
President Obama has invited more than 50 African leaders for the US-Africa Leaders Summit which is aimed at deepening the rich and longstanding partnership between the US and the African continent.
The Summit, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th August in Washington DC, is under the theme: “Investing in the Next Generation.”
Commenting on the summit in an interview on ABC News, D’banj, born Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, urged the US President to facilitate the implementation of the agreements to better the lot of Africans.
“I will just say that President Obama should please help us make sure what they [Africa leaders] have committed to in the summit is implemented because we have what it takes to unravel the wealth of Africa,” he said.
The award winning musician explained that, “The theme of the summit is why we are here – Investing in the Next Generation – and I’m glad and privileged to be a part [of] that next generation and using my music….
He said “using our music, which ten years ago did not have any industry, we did not have any support, we did not even have any record label but because we believed in ourselves and we believed in what we had, we continued and now the music industry is the biggest export from Africa after oil and gas.”
As a ONE Campaign Ambassador which is aimed at tackling poverty in Africa, D’banj revealed that the initiative has chalked a lot of success and believes that a lot more can be done to eradicate poverty from the continent.
He said as a result of the project, African leaders have had to allocate 10 per cent of their budget to develop agriculture and that is a great achievement.
“Why because Agriculture has been seen to be the fastest way to eradicating poverty and creating jobs across Africa and I’m sure that by the time we finish this, we [will] get more than two million Africa youths signing a petition that says we want to support Africa, we want to support Agriculture,” the ‘Oliver Twist’ singer stressed.
Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Ernest Dela Aglanu (Twitter: @delaXdela / Instagram: citizendela)
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