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#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

Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing

Tosinger

#BringBackOurGirls Day 57- Two Videos, One Cause

#BringBackOurGirls Day 57

Out of Sight is not Out of Mind

Here’s presenting two recent works of media that seek to  bring attention to the facts and the reality of the abduction of the Chibok girls of Nigeria by Boko Haram. The first is a docu-short put together by David Adeogun of GlassVisuals for the Merry Hearts Foundation;  a 7 minute piece about “Girls, Education, Nigerian reform, and the urgency and necessity of bringing these girls back”. The second is a music video by Ayoola in collaboration with other Nigerian artistes.

Empowering Youths in Africa

 Founded by Bunmi Babajide,  Merry Hearts Foundation  is a non-profit organization committed and dedicated to encouraging and helping youths and children to reach their full potential through education.The Merry Hearts Scholarship Fund is an initiative of The Merry Hearts Foundation (MHF) Inc.

The Merry Hearts Scholarship Fund’s main objective is to provide financial assistance in the form of a scholarship to students in need, while promoting an environment of encouragement to let the students know and understand that they are of value not only to their family and school, but to their nation and the global arena.On a daily basis, due to lack of education, too many of our talented youths are being denied a chance to  achieve  their dreams.

#BringBackOurGirls Video by the Merry Hearts Foundation.

 

David Adeogun of Glass Visuals, a London based filmmaker whose work I have become familiar with over time compiled, produced, and edited the piece. He says:

“This issue is very serious… Every second, every sign, every yell, every action, is needed. Everyone working together is actually a sign of unity and focus. We want this piece to be global. We want it to go beyond us. We want this video to be played on a speaker in front of GoodLuck Jonathan’s mansion. We want it to roar on the computers & screens of every wifi handler in Lagos, Abuja, Victoria Island, the village- Every place, e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.! We want Boko Haram and every organization that has limited Africa to be fed up and gutted by the cries of the people world wide. United we can send even more chills down the spines of every man and woman until something is done”

Ayoola, a Nigerian Artist who won MTN Project Fame West Africa (Season 5) also recently released a song collaboration (with other notable Nigerian Artistes) for the #BBOG cause

AYOOLA FT. SOUND SULTAN, VECTOR, MOEAZY, ZAINA, G_FRESH – FREEDOM (#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS)

 

Keeping hope alive…

Beautifully Dreaming… Positively Doing..

Tosinger