When it comes to socially inclusive songs, very few artists give it their all like Waje, M.I, Omawumi, and ElDee. The four of them came together and did an album to raise awareness and discussions on the issue of Violence Against Women. The album done in collaboration with Heinrich Boell Foundation is promoted and distributed for free as their contribution to the society and the cause.
MI – REAL MAN: These hands of mine are here to protect you
“As soon as I heard of the project, I had the music in my head, the music just came to me… I had an idea of doing a song called Real Man, and what a real man is about is someone who is professing his love to a lady, telling her, I’m a real man, I’ll never hurt you, I’ll never hit you… A real man will protect her, provide for her…” download here MI Real Man
Waje – NEW MORNING: Last night, you hit me for the last time
“To the man who will beat his wife, who will rape a woman on the road, who will molest a young girl, to all men who do inhumane things to women… honestly, I cannot pretend to you that I’ll say, Oh my brother it’s no good, please stop! – to be honest, it brings out the bile, I don’t feel sorry for you… you will be brought to justice!” download here New Morning
Omawunmi – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: How many times you dey use that black sunshade to cover your eyes?
“It is not by force to stay in an abusive relationship. Move immediately, don’t waste time! Report to the authorities, say No, and protect yourself. Because it is wrong.” download here Enough is Enough
El Dee de Don – GOOD MAN: Treat her like a lady, it’s what a good man does
“I say this to everyone, to my sisters, to my mum, to my daughter, and I’ll say the same thing to you: No one should allow themselves to be abused, it’s not acceptable by any standards. Anybody who is abusing you… please figure out a way how to get out of the situation.” download here Good Man