D’banj launches ‘Do Agric, It Pays’ song in Addis Ababa

Musician ,DBANJ

Musician ,DBANJ


Nigeria’s popular musician, Singer and Song-writer Dapo Oyebanjo, aka D’banj on Wednesday in Addis Ababa launched a song “Do Agric, It pays,“ to urge African leaders to commit 10 per cent of their national budgets to agriculture.

The song was launched as part of a South Africa based Civil Society Organisation “The ONE “campaign effort to urge and encourage political leaders to adopt sound and people friendly policies that would boost agricultural productivity, increase incomes and reduce poverty.

D’banj said at the launch, that there were massive untapped business opportunities in agriculture that could create jobs for millions of Africans on and off the farm.

“I want Africans to know that farming is not only the foundation of the economy, but also that farming is cool. I believe that, if the needed attention is given to agriculture, we Africans will not only feed ourselves, but also the rest of the world”

According to him, while other African leaders have made statements of goodwill, currently only eight countries have kept their promise to invest 10 per cent of their national budgets in agriculture.

Ivory coast and Man Cty  midfielder,Yaya Toure

Ivory coast and Man City midfielder,Yaya Toure

The Cote d’ivoire Footballer and Manchester City Midfielder, Yaya Toure was also at the AU summit. He remarked that Agriculture was essential and leaders needed to do more to develop the agric sector.  Yaya Toure said “agriculture is not only important, it is also vital. Agriculture pays. “

The launch of `Do Agriculture’ in Addis Ababa was part of the Civil Society effort to push African leaders to increase spending at the 22nd AU Assembly of Heads of State that declared 2014 the Year of Agriculture in Africa.

Speaking at the launch, The ONE Africa Director, Dr Sipho Moyo, said 70 per cent of the estimated 400 million Africans living in extreme poverty in rural areas depended on agriculture.

“Remarkably, the multiplier effect of agricultural growth in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to be 11 times greater in reducing poverty than in other non-agriculture sectors, such as utilities and mining.

“So now is the time to get our leaders to commit to a big push toward implementing effective agricultural policies, scale up public investment in agriculture and catalyse private sector participation in agriculture development,“Moyo said.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, the event attracted personalities including Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Beninois President, Dr Thomas Yayi Boni.



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Mrs. Yemisi Akibu ( nee Awokoya) is the Chief Executive Officer of Belvyna Global, an agricultural consultancy service firm based in Lagos, Nigeria She is a former Team Member of the Agricultural Department of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, one of Nigeria's first generation banks. She holds a B.Sc degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Masters degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She is passionate about the role agriculture plays in the social, economic, political development of a nation. She holds the view that one of the pillars of stability of a nation food security and this can only be achieved through the holistic development of the agricultural sector. She can be contacted via: yemisiakibu@gmail.com or info@belvynaglobal.com Remember, The Farmer Is King Enjoy my blog

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