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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Music unites Africa

The continent of Africa and its people are often well remembered by foreigners for their joyful spirit, their dance moves and their upbeat rhythms. So, it made sense to the three founders of the nonprofit  organization 'Music Unites Africa' to use music to promote their continent.

The official logo of Music Unites Africa (Photo: Music Unites Africa)
In 2011, the nonprofit organization 'Music Unites Africa' (M.U.A.) started as an idea: African musicians desiring to support each other within the global music industry. Eguonor Anirejuoritse Okene also known as (a.k.a.) P-Hypha is one of the three founders of Music Unites Africa. He quickly realized the unlimited possibilities the project has to offer.



The two other founders of Music Unites Africa are Saziso Balang and Norbert Osi Athekame. The trio who has spent the last two years building their 'foundations' is now ready  for the challenges that the year 2014 may bring. 

"We have created a platform where all Africans can express themselves without inhibitions or external limitations," JTV Digital music ambassador Okene said. "Our core values are centered on love, unity and togetherness. We are peacemakers, humanitarians, philanthropists as well as African youth and human-right activists."

As the M.U.A. global ambassador Okene communicates with world leaders, global institutions, organizations and corporations to get them to key into the organization's vision and to have their support.

Okene, who describes Balanga a.k.a. BlaqPimp as a music mogul, label owner and visionary from South Africa and Athekame a.k.a. N.o.A an electoral official, musician and entrepreneur from Nigeria, said that Music Unites Africa is created for the sole purpose of galvanizing Africans through music, humanitarianism and love. 
Anire Okene a.k.a. P-Hypha is a co-founder of Music Unites Africa  (Photo: Okene)

The roles of the ambassadors may vary due to their primary desires and their environment, as Anire Okene explained, but the goal of building a better future for Africa and women remains the same. 

Rapper, youth activist and entrepreneur Mark Kaira a.k.a. Macky-2 is also a M.U.A. music ambassador from Zambia. The five female ambassadors include WiyaalaWayna , Christine Ben-Ameh, 3C, Dj Naida who are respectively from Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe.

"For some of our ambassadors, empowering and enlightening women comes first due to the gender inequality in their societies," Okene said. "For others, it is rescuing women and children from child trafficking or developing and harnessing youth talents in the motherland."

Okene or P-Hypha said that the responsibility of M.U.A. ambassadors is to speak out on behalf of their people and to create enough awareness that will lead to positive changes. The ambassadors do not receive any financial compensation from M.U.A. but the nonprofit organization promotes their music careers through their various media partners. 

"One of my visions is our new program called "Empowering African Woman Initiative" which aims to support African women fulfill their GOD-given dreams and gifts," Nigerian singer-songwriter P-Hypha said. "We are introduced to new possibilities every day as we accept to humble ourselves and put Africa first."