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2019: German NGO charges artistes to promote good governance

As 2019 election campaign approaches, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) has called on the Nigerian musicians on composing songs that promote good governance.

KAS, a German non-governmental organisation based in Nigeria with branches across the world, argued that music is a very essential and influential tool everywhere in the world.

The Country Representative of KAS, Mrs Hildegard Behrendt-Kigozi,, gave the charge at a Roundtable organised by KAS for Civil Society Organisations and Media on the influence of music on politics and security on Tuesday in Abuja.

She said music makes people see things differently as different music can be used for different purposes.

“Music plays a very important role particularly in the media as it can be used to promote unity, eradicate violence, motivate soldiers to war and create peace in people’s mind.

“It can be used to express love, bring people in supportive mood during campaigns and motivate them to vote,” she said

She applauded Nigerian entertainment industry stating that they were catching up with international standards of production.

Also speaking, the Programme Officer of KAS, Mr Samson Adeniran, defines music as an art that let people express themselves.

Adeniran, who said that music can be used to pass the right message, stated that Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti spoke to the government through his music.

According to him, music is a powerful tool for politicians to use and drive their campaigns to the minds of the people.

A TV Producer and Chief Executive Officer Quest Media, Mr Nori Mathias, said that music can be used to motivate citizens to vote the right candidate with integrity during elections as it was a very influential tool.

He added that music was one of the fastest ways to orientate Nigerians and the world at large.

He called for synergy between government and musicians to ensure good governance in the country as it would go a long way in enlightening the public.

“Nigerian youths are highly influenced by music and it can be used to pass the right message during campaigns.

“Music is very important in enlightening particularly on politics.

“Elections are coming up, campaigns will soon start and with music as a tool for campaign Nigerians can vote the best candidate that will move the country forward.

“To get Nigeria back to greatness music is the right tool, because it brings about unity.”

He noted that music should be used cautiously as it could impact positively or negatively stressing that it can heal wounds as well as open old wounds.

The TV presenter mentioned lack of good content as the major challenge facing the music industry adding that many still do have good contents.

According to him, music and football are powerful tools that can be used to mound the mentality and thinking of the youths.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.