#Music4Dev guest artist Nneka’s advice for women: ‘Don’t let anyone intimidate you’


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UPDATE: To continue shedding the light on women's rights, Nneka shared another song with us, Shining Star, at World Bank Group's headquarters in Washington D.C.

Ever since Nigerian singer Nneka released her debut album, Victim of Truth, in 2005, the diminutive star has been one of the most vocal advocates of anti-corruption and women’s rights in Africa. She continues beating that drum to raise awareness of her fourth album, My Fairy Tales, this time exploring the struggles of Africans in the diaspora. She recently stopped by World Bank’s headquarters to share her music and voice her views on women’s rights. “I use my music as a platform to (give voice) to such issues,” she says. “I grew up in Nigeria where women don’t have much freedom on many different levels.  I was raised in a system where you respect the system through fear. 

Born Nneka Lucia Egbuna, she grew up in the Delta region of Nigeria before moving to Germany to study anthropology at Hamburg University. It was there she honed her songwriting skills and developed her voice on social issues. Nneka, who has shared the stage with acts such as The Roots, Femi Kuti and Damian Marley, lends her star power to NGOs like the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), where she is the cultural ambassador.  She also co-founded the ROPE (Reach Out, Organize, Practice, Experience) Foundation, a charity supporting young people who want to express themselves through art. Most recently, 
ROPE teamed up with the WAGA Foundation (War Affected Girls and Adults), to help sexually abused women in Sierra Leone. 

While she continues to help empower women through her music, Nneka offers this advice to fans: “Whatever you do, do it with confidence.   Don’t let anyone intimidate you. 

Check out her interview and performance of My Home.

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July 10, 2015

I don't know what's she fighting but her tune really rhythmic

July 10, 2015

Simply wonderful! God bless you Nneka!!! with much more creativity, uniqueness, courage and wisdom to continue this noble journey on behalf of others who don't have the freedom and the tools to voice the use and abuse of those who dare to use and abuse their temporary power. A power that they probably have stolen or taken by force from the very people whom they own their ability to have that power. I know every human being who is able to exercise their ability to love, wishes to have more human fellows like you to bring some sort of relief to those oppressed by any type of abuse in the world.
You look simple but not simpler - just as Einstein recommended - in beauty. I don’t know you personally, but I can gather from your interview and singing that you are beautiful inside and out! Thank God for angels like you!!!

July 13, 2015

I love this, so empowering.

Johnny E.Satterwhite
January 24, 2016

Amazing I am shocked to see & hear so much talent in this one lady I love the song.