On Monday, July 26, 2010, the city of Ibadan will play host to a star-studded line up of Nigerian music artistes who are teaming up to lend their voice to the Cool2Vote Nigeria Campaign at the ROCKDAVOTE MEGA JAM 2010 described as so far Nigeria’s biggest and first ever voter awareness and sensitization concert.
ROCKDAVOTE MEGA JAM, a Cool2Vote Nigeria collaboration with organizations like Storm Records, Chocolate City Music, Empire Mates Entertainment, Fashie Fizzie, ADSTRAT BMC, RISE Networks, The Save Nigeria Group among others, will feature live music performances from Omawumi, Sound Sultan, Ajuju, Naeto C, Rooftop MCs, Gbenga Adenuga, Banky W, General Pype, Kel, Wizkid, Skales, Mtrill, Sasha, Ice Prince, Sauce Kid, Wordsmith among several others.
According to a statement issued by the Cool2Vote Nigeria Secretariat, “This concert, scheduled to hold at the Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan, is the first of its kind in Nigeria and we are very optimistic that it will help send the right message across to Nigerians of all generations that it is cool to vote and more importantly that it is our civic responsibility to register to vote and cast our votes for our chosen candidates.”
Meanwhile, National Coordinator of the campaign, Fi’ammari Machar Zoaka has said that the concert isn’t going to be all about music. “Though we are employing the use of pop culture to deploy our message to Nigerians, it is important to note that the ideology behind this concert is a serious one. For five decades, Nigeria has wandered in the wilderness of socio-political and economic deprivation. We have had enough! This is about the power of youth and our ability to redirect our nation towards national greatness. In between the performances, there will be short speeches by Kevin Pam (Big Brother Africa), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Chief Dele Momodu and Mr. Donald Duke focused on the theme: “2011: Why the Youths Must Vote.”
“Also, we have a surprise unveiling for Nigerians as we are getting set to premiere “I GO VOTE” the first ever music collaboration of Nigerian artistes encouraging Nigerians to vote. We have some of Nigeria’s finest artistes on this song from Timi Dakolo, Mtrill, Sound Sultan, Skuki, to Iyanya, Wizkid, Skales, Kel, Wordsmith, and Lami Philips among others. The song was produced by Magege Theophilus (Ex-O) a young Nigerian producer who like all the artistes on this song, volunteered his talent to make this happen. The song promises to be one of the music industry’s biggest collabos of the year,” Fi’ammari said.
The Cool2Vote Nigeria campaign is a not-for-profit, non-partisan coalition of Nigerian celebrities, young professionals and political leaders aimed at inspiring and mobilising young Nigerians of voting age to REGISTER to vote, VOTE at the polls, and PROTECT their votes at the 2011 elections and beyond.
Recently, the campaign which was founded in April 2010, hosted Nigeria’s first ever Global Social Media Conference on Electoral Reforms and Good Governance. The Conference which was hosted online at www.cool2vote.org in May, 2010, featured Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Mr. Fredrik Galtung, Chief Dele Momodu, Ms. Funmi Iyanda, Prof. Pat Utomi and Pastor Tunde Bakare as Guest Bloggers.
NOTE: The Cool2Vote Nigeria campaign is NOT endorsing any political aspirant or political party though individual coalition members are free to support their preferred parties and candidates.