#BringBackOurGirls Day 365 – A March and A Song

Today marks one year since more than 200 girls were abducted by Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

TODAY APRIL 14th Join the Global School Girl March, one year since 270+ Nigerian school girls were kidnapped via https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls

News via BBC Africa reports –

 The abduction of the girls in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria sparked global outrage, with nations such as the US and China promising to help find them.
There have been sightings of the girls reported, but none have been found.Boko Haram say the girls have converted to Islam and been married off. One witness told the BBC that she saw more than 50 of them alive three weeks ago in the north-eastern town of Gwoza.A procession is being held in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, with 219 girls taking part to represent each missing girl. Nigeria’s incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, said his government would “do everything in its power to bring them home” but said he “cannot promise that we can find them”.

The #BringBackOurGirls kidnap inspired a song that I wrote titled ‘Aeroplane’ from my upcoming album, ‘Organically Singing’.  It’s a nostalgic, ambient,  emotional song where I incorporated a yoruba children’s folklore song in the chorus, usually sang when kids see an aeroplance fly by. For every airplane those girls might sight in the sky, I can only imagine how they will have hopes and thoughts of a rescue mission. The lyrics of the second verse  is about the Chibok girls that have not been brought back. This is music to pull your heartstrings and hopefully move us all to action.

AEROPLANE LYRICS
Verse 1
There’s a little boy
With hopes and dreams
To one day be a man
Always wondered what the future really holds
Crying on the streets
Daddy’s gone, mama’s working so hard
He looks up to the sky and sings a melody

Chorus
Aeroplane o dabo (Goodbye Aeroplane)
Ba mi k’iya mi eleko (Say hi to my mom who sells wrapped corn meals)
Eko meji oyomi (Two corn meals will be enough for me)
Oyomi o Oyomi (Enough for me, enough for me)
E gbam gbam E jigi jigi (A vocal simulation of the sound an aeroplane makes when taking off)

Verse 2
There’s a little girl
She goes to school
Learning for tomorrow
Evil comes and takes her far away
Night and Day, she’s wailing
Waiting for her rescue
She looks up to the sky
And sings a melody

Chorus
Aeroplane o dabo
Ba mi k’iya mi eleko
Eko meji oyomi
Oyomi o Oyomi
E gbam gbam
E jigi jigi

Bridge
Aeeeeeeroplane
Flying So High
I wish I can touch the sky 2X

Chorus
(c) Written, Performed and Arranged by Tosinger

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Mutua Matheka (@truthslinger) | Photographer |#ForGarissa | #147NotjustAnumber | #Kenya

Very sad news from the continent as Garissa, capital of Garissa County, Kenya, East Africa came under attack.  On Thursday, April 2, a deadly Islamist militant group; al-Shabab massacres Christian students while praying at Garissa University College,  killing nearly 150 students, most of them at the prime of their youth,  aged between 19 and 23 at the university in the country’s east. A social media campaign reflects the outrage and grief of the people of Kenya and Africa at large.  We continue to pray for comfort of the families affected. Terrorism has to stop!!!

 

Mutua Matheka – Kenyan Photographer

Mutua Matheka, a Kenyan Photographer, documents the vigil/ three-day period of national mourning under the hashtags  | #ForGarissa | #147NotjustAnumber |. Families, friends, journalists and others also attempt to humanize and honor those lost, rather than have them reduced to a mere statistic.

Here are some of the touching images he captured –

| #ForGarissa | #147NotjustAnumber |

| #ForGarissa | #147NotjustAnumber |

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| #ForGarissa | #147NotjustAnumber |

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| Follow the Light |

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| Do not be dismayed, neither should you be afraid |

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Kenyans attend a candle lit vigil late Tuesday at Uhuru park in capital Nairobi in memory of the people killed in last week’s deadly attack on Kenya’s Garissa University College, on April 7, 2015. Via Time.com

Kenyans attend a candle lit vigil late Tuesday at Uhuru park in capital Nairobi in memory of the people killed in last week's deadly attack on northern Kenya's Garissa University College, on April 7, 2015.
Kenyans attend a candle lit vigil late Tuesday at Uhuru park in capital Nairobi in memory of the people killed in last week’s deadly attack on Kenya’s Garissa University College, on April 7, 2015. Via Time.com

 

May the souls of the departed rest in peace and the wicked desist from their ways.

 

Each Passing Day – Photo Exhibition at The Lagos Photo Foundation

The Lagos Photo foundation will be hosting an opening reception of Akintunde Akinleye’s solo exhibition entitled Each Passing Day, which will take place on Sunday, April 19th, 6PM at the Red Door Art Gallery, 51 Bishop Oluwole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Nigeria.
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Each Passing Day is a careful selection from the hundreds of thousands of single images, extracted from different documentary projects and spot news events, which were inspired by the Nigerian space during the last decade and now. 

This exhibition showcases Akintunde’s photography documentation of Nigeria by bringing together photographs categorized to reflect series of unrelated events and activities of the daily lives of ordinary citizens in Nigeria. 

The pictures depict a truthful rendering of each passing day in the life of resilient Nigerians and show the political, social and physical landscape in which we exist.

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Akintunde Akinleye, is the first Nigerian Photographer to have been awarded a prize in the prestigious World Press Photo, Netherlands in 2007 with an iconic photograph of a man rinsing soot from his face at the scene of an oil pipeline explosion in Lagos, December 2006. An award fellow of the National Geographic Society- All Roads photo project, Akintunde currently lives in Lagos and works for Reuters covering breaking news, documentary pieces and human interest stories.



The Akintunde Akinleye Exhibition is brought to you by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria with its joint venture partners and the LagosPhoto Foundation.
 

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