By Tony Amadi
Nigeria’s top musical brand Onyeka Onwenu, is always in search of innovation far ahead of her closest rivals, but when you come to think of it, who are her rivals? They probably don’t exist, because she is the lone ranger who is always important in the entertainment mix of the country and always ahead of the competition.
Right now, Ms Onwenu is concerned about the welfare of refugees in the various IDP camps in the terror infested areas of the country. She wants to do something in their lives, raising funds for their welfare through what she knows best, composing moving songs and delivering them in concert circuits in Nigeria and elsewhere.
Ever since she returned to Nigeria in the 1980s to do her National Youth Service at the Nigeria Television Authority, she has progressed to carve a niche for herself and in the process has become the best female singer, songwriter who even moved into the crowded Nollywood web and became a shining star in that firmament.
Now the Director General of the National Center for Women Development, NCWD, she still creates time for her music, her brand and her place in the society to the admiration of millions of fans who adore her music and style. Her latest works is an astonishing piece of sound engineering that will sooth the jaded nerves of the people she is singing about, the Internally Displaced Persons that litter across the nation from the seemingly unending state of insurgency the country has witnessed in recent times.
Onyeka is always thinking ahead, usually ahead of the competition and consumed by creative pursuits. She was involved in the Centenary celebrations and virtually all major national events either with appropriate song to celebrate it via special concerts, television or fund raising for social or other good causes. This time around, Onyeka Onwenu has a new recording for an important cause.
Not Alone is a moving piece of artwork which will reassure the suffering hordes of North-Eastern Nigeria refugees that they are not alone. They have the rest of the country with them in their plight just as the Buhari administration has mounted a huge support for them and every Nigerian is ready to help in ameliorating their present hardship. The intensity of her voice and the usually sensational rhythm that bubble under her touching lyrics are all certain to guarantee a million sales as soon as the CD is released worldwide.
Onyeka sings for the Refugees is an appropriate title, and she will take it on the road across several state capitals to drum up support for the victims of terrorism. This means that the General Theo Danjuma-led committee on Rehabilitation of Refugees will want to be behind the actualisation of this Onyeka Onwenu-inspired fund raising package.
The video will be as important as her massive work on Squandering of Riches, the BBC documentary she masterminded in the 1980s on Nigeria’s unending expose on endemic corruption in the oil sector and across the nation which continues till today. Ms. Onwenu’s commitment to the success of the Nigerian project has always been phenomenal and her latest fund raising project will raise the spirit of the refugees scattered in camps in three states of the country, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
Nigerians should be prepared for the great musical onslaught on the way and also show support for the the victims of terror who are going through hell because of the mindless terrorism inflicted by Boko Haram.