I Do Not Write Songs, I Get Inspiration From God – Onyeka Onwenu

Onyeka Onwenu, the Director-General, National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) on Wednesday said her songs were not usually written rather they were inspiration from God.

“I do not write songs, I download as inspire by God, and my producer can bear me witness. God is the owner of all copyright but I download from Him as he gives freely,’’ Onwenu said.

Onwenu was speaking in Abuja at a news conference to host Nigerian youths to peace concert organised by the office of the first lady.

The musical legend, who composed a song for the peace concert slated for Saturday at the Eagle Square said she was inspired by the first lady, who said wants to be addressed as “Mama Peace”.

The title of the song billed to be launched at the Eagle Square for the peace concert is “Mama Peace” to reawaken the Nigerian youths on the need to imbibe the culture of peace.

Onwenu said that the song was sequel to the serial killings by the insurgents in the North East and some pocket of violence recorded in some parts of the country.

She said that the music was important for the country now that it was working to ensure that there was peace in that part of the country.

According to her, the song is dedicated to the carnage going on in the North East.

On why the venue of the peace concert is in Abuja and not Maiduguri being the epicentre of the insurgency, she said that the choice of Abuja was based on its centrality to the country.

“Abuja represents unity, and every part of the country will find it easier to access.’’

Onwenu said that the inspiration of the song came from “Mama Peace” which the first lady adopted to further the gospel of peace in the country.

“The inspiration comes from Mama Peace, as balm for every mother whose heart is broken as a consequence of what is happening in the country.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the first lady at the inauguration of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme Maternal and Child Health programme known as “Mama Project’’ on Dec. 13, 2013 explained reason for adopting the title Mama Peace.


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