United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined by key voices in international development, reiterates the importance of protecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people hit hardest by the socio-economic impact of COVID-19. This call comes under the auspices of the 2020 UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in the event “Half the World: The Many Faces of Social Protection”. Half the world refers to 55 percent of the world’s population that are not covered by social insurance or social assistance, according to ILO data.
Joining the event from Lagos, Nigeria, globally acclaimed Afropop star Yemi Alade shone a spotlight on those suffering the direst consequences of the pandemic, such as young women who are self-employed and are the sole providers for their families.
“We are here to talk about half the world, the half that wakes up every morning to go to work despite and because of the global pandemic,” Alade said. “It’s about the young woman who is struggling to make ends meet and risking her health to provide for her family.”
“Let’s not let billions of the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people fall through the cracks in our society,” she said.
The event was hosted by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, who reiterated UNDP’s responsibility for integrated action and called on all development partners to step up on social protection.
“We cannot afford to become inured to poverty, hunger and jobs figures that keep getting worse. We cannot sleepwalk into a new normal. Unprecedented action is needed, and it is needed now,” Steiner said. “There are some great examples of how developing countries are addressing social protection challenges—from cash to supplements income to in-kind assistance that supplements nutrition, to care systems geared towards working women.”
Steiner added: “Unless we bring fresh perspective and ideas to the table, successful action will depend on an uneven patchwork of social assistance, social insurance and systems of care around the world.”
Among other featured speakers at the event were UNDP’s partners from governments and the international development sector, including HE Cina Lawson, Minister of Postal Affairs and Digital Economy of Togo; Reema Nanavaty, Director General of SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association); Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Dr Guy Standing, Professor at SOAS University of London and co-founder of Basic Income Earth Network; and Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), who joined via a video message.
Burna Boy Unveils New Album ‘Twice As Tall’
Nigerian Grammy-nominated Damini Ogulu professionally known as ‘ Burna Boy’ has released a fresh album, titled “Twice As Tall, ” a follow-up to his 2019 album, “African Giant.”
The 15-track album released on Thursday, featured Senegalese artist, Youssou N’Dour, O.G, Chris Martin, U.K. rapper Stormzy, afro-pop band Sauti Sol among others.
According to Burna Boy, the “Twice As Tall” album is “a journey through a bunch of emotions and energies at different points in time. It has now morphed into something bigger than me. It serves as a bridge for mankind to show that we’re all different but still very much the same.”
In a post on his Instagram page following the release of the new album, the artist commended those who played significant roles in the success of the project, saying he is grateful for the “unreal talents” that went into the production.
The post reads, “I’m grateful for the unreal talents that came together from ALL over the world to pull this off
“Shout out to the OG @diddy for coming on board and sprinkling his own unique spice on this! I hope I’m able to spark something in you when you listen.”
Burna’s new album was produced by Diddy, Bose Ogulu and the afro-pop fusion singer himself.
Sean Dampte Partners With Justjojo Ent, Picks Aug 21 For EP Release
Still basking in the euphoria of the success of his hit singles, Adura and Marcelina, Oluyole Oluwaseun, fondly called Sean Dampte by his admirers, has finally unveiled details of his much-touted project, an Extended Play (EP), entitled – Awoodah Rising (Man Like Sean Dampte and the relationship between him and one of the strongest music distribution companies in the United Kingdom, Justjojo Entertainment.
The UK- based Afro-fusion singer took to his verified Instagram account, @seandampte, to hint his fans about the project; a development which ignited the curiosity of many of his fans who have since been disturbing the internet with different anticipatory tags and headlines.
The project, entitled ‘Awoodah Rising- Man Like Sean Dampte’, according to Sean Dampte, which would be released on August 21, 2020, is a six-track EP that tends to unleash the ‘good’ of the said act.
Marcelina, the second track off the EP debuted number 8 on the Black Music Charts a couple of weeks ago, and on its current run of four weeks. Another single, according to the Afrobeat Superstar, which would enjoy massive attention, is ‘Money On My Mind Always – MOMMA’.
“MOMMA is about my journey as an artist. Many artists get caught up in fame and forget what is most important- family. The track talks about my motivation being family. It also speaks about my journey and lay to claim the reputation as one of the pioneers of the Afro-fusion culture,” he said.
Asked what inspired then nomenclature Awoodah, as it reflects in the EP title, and why he felt it was so necessary to release the project at this time, he has this to say: “When I returned to music, I hear people say “Who is that?” and so that inspired me to coin the word Awoodah. And I think it’s time I let people into my world.”
He also opened up on his relationship with the UK-based promoter, Rebecca Junaid, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Justjojo Entertainment. Junaid has worked with several notable Nigerian acts such as Yemi Alade, Selebobo, Tekno, among others.
According to Sean Dampte, ‘Justjojo will be responsible for the global distribution of the EP to the right audience.’
Meanwhile, the tracklist of the EP includes Adura, Money On My Mind Always, Pe’Pe Ft Buju, Marcelina (Remastered), Nkechi Freak Like Me and O’Por.
Sean Dampte Dashes Out As Much As $2000 Each In Search Of ‘Marcelina’
It is no news that the UK based Nigerian born Afro-pop artiste, Sean Dampte, has made huge statements with his craft as far as the music industry is concerned home and abroad. Having the right vibes to always get people groovy, he is now seen as one of the pioneers of a new genre. More so, given his excellent use of genres such as Afrobeat, Pop and Dancehall, he has combined them all together to now create what is known as Afro-Fusion.
He, however, recently embarked on a ‘journey’ in search of his ‘Marcelina’, as most of his fans have tagged it. The whole buzz started when Dampte gave a hint on the release of Marcelina, many of his fans began to wonder what he was up to with that title. ‘Marcelina’ is a testament to the fact that Sean Dampte is an embodiment of talents; the new single has been touted as the number 1 song for 2020 summer.
He serenades his fans with dance-infused afro sound. A mixture of the sounds you expect to hear at exotic resorts off the coast of Ibiza. The influence behind the song is of a love interest that developed from the dance floor.
Surprisingly, the way Sean Dampte and his team headed shortly after the release of the song online has kept many people talking. Many girls began to vibe and twerk to the much-touted song all over the world while Sean Dampte was said to be crediting their accounts ranging between $2000 and $5000 depending on the appearance and performance of the person.
A report recently surfaced online that he gave out Ksh500,000 to those who danced to his song in Kenya and promised to visit the country as he continues to search for his Marcelina.
Sean Dampte, with his recent ‘Marcelina sojourn’, keeps girls wanting him to appear in their country to meet with him and finally becomes his ‘Marcelina’.
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