By Juliet Ebirim
TEN-year old boy, Tony Ohekuru Iji has released a single and video titled ‘Nigeria We Are One’. The song is aimed at promoting unity amongst Nigerians.
Speaking during the launch, Ohekuru disclosed that he got the inspiration for the title of his song after seeing the way Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) suffer, coupled with the ethnic crisis in different parts of the country.
“When I learnt a song from Lion King, my mum told me, why don’t I make a difference by singing and that was how I came about my own version titled “Nigeria we are one”. Seeing the less privileged and the IDPs suffering doesn’t make me feel relaxed about Nigeria so I made up my own song about Nigeria”, he said.
According to his mother, Mrs. Angela Tony Iji, Tony’s dream started when he was about seven years old. She added that he always loved singing and asking questions about events happening in Nigeria. She, however, disclosed that his music career does not interfere with his academics. “I encouraged him but I gave him rules. I said, one, your education first. During school hours, he doesn’t do it and the rules we gave him again was, his songs must be message laden songs, no indecent language, no indecent dressing and if he deviates from those rules, his father and I will withdraw our support”, she said.
She further disclosed that he is working on three other songs, amongst other concepts.