One of Nigeria’s leading music artistes, Hadiza Olo, better known by her stage name Di’Ja, is hosting an online benefit concert to raise funds for education and healthcare for three hundred children and 1,000 vulnerable families, who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Abia, Kaduna, and Lagos states.
Tagged Di’Ja Live, the concert which is taking place on May 25th to coincide with Africa Day, is powered by iChange Foundation, a nonprofit that the singer and her husband had established in 2018 to provide an opportunity for Africans to lead socioeconomic change on the continent.
The Foundation focuses on education, healthcare, and entrepreneurship which are key for the actualization of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Di’ja, a Nigerian-Sierra-Leonean Mavin Records artiste was appointed as UN Women GoodWill Ambassador for her work in social development. She is among Nigerian artistes currently raising awareness about coronavirus, as a part of a campaign by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and UNDP. Her COVID19 awareness video in Hausa has since been broadcasted to millions of Nigerians.
“This benefit concert is my own way of raising awareness about the urgent need to reach out to the poorest of the poor in Nigeria, to create an opportunity for them to have a better life, to aspire to towards a dream,” Di’ja said. ‘’According to UNICEF, more than half of the world’s children are no longer learning because of this crisis and I want to use my platform to raise awareness about the issues faced by millions of children from poor families in Nigeria by providing educational scholarships for three hundred of them”, she concluded.
The concert will be streamed on YouTube and Instagram simultaneously, it will feature fast-rising musical performances from Dammy Isaac and Sals Fateetee; it will be hosted by Jimmie Akinsola. Di’ja say the concert is also a way of creating visibility for upcoming music artistes. All funds raised would be donated to iChange Foundation to support the nonprofit’s work in five communities of Abia, Kaduna, and Lagos states that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.
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