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RMD, Desmond Elliot join ActionAid crusade

By Akeem Lasisi
Desmond Elliot
Desmond Elliot

Celebrated actors, Richard Mofe-Damijo, and Desmond Elliot, have joined a list of entertainers prosecuting the Music for Food Justice, an anti-hunger campaign being hatched by ActionAid Nigeria.

According to a statement signed by ActionAids' Communication Manager, Mr. Tunde Aremu, the Nollywood stars will compeer the event that will parade popular musicians such as 9ice, Hausa music star, Sani Danja and Styl-Plus.

The statement adds that Bright Chimezie, of the Ziggima fame and self-styled ”Duke of African Music”, who has since the early 1980s kept alive the unique Igbo brand of highlife, will lead the older generation on the bill, while the event will also be spiced with performances by comedians Youngest Old Man, and Fred Bright and Wahala. The bill will also showcase upcoming acts, including Charles Igbinigun (aka Big Don), who emerged the winner of the contest for the lyrics for the theme song for this event. A school leaver based in Benin City, Charles, fondly called Charlly Parker by friends, will perform the theme song ”National Pain” with ActionAid Nigeria 's in-house group. Katung Musa Aduwak, Winner of the popular TV reality show, Big Brother Nigeria, Katung Musa Aduwak, and the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria for 2008, Adaeze Igwe, are also on the list.

”Music for Food Justice” is ”a show for every member of the family, a show for every member of the international community,” says Tom Odemwingie, coordinator of the event, noting the mix of music on offer at the show.

The event is a prelude to the launch of a N1 billion fund by ActionAid Nigeria , an affiliate of the global anti-poverty organisation, towards the development, inception and implementation of a Food Rights programme to complement its existing programmes.