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About the Guest.
Music is Boluwatife (Bolu) Adefemi's passion. The singer-songwriter finds inspiration in everything around her and being a young Black woman, she has created a song for Black Lives Matter, as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Her latest single 'Just Breathe' will be out in Summer 2021.
Bolu Adefemi is a 14 year old Canadian singer songwriter of Zimbabwean and Nigerian origin who emerged as an important new artist in the summer of 2020 with her internationally acclaimed song, “Make It Right,” a powerful call to action about social injustices. Just weeks after first performing the song publicly, she began performing it nationwide. She was honored with the Universal Women’s Network Award and is the 2020 Youth Excellence Ambassador, the 2020 Zimbabwe Young Achievers Award recipient, as well as being Theidealme Humanitarian Award nominee.
Recently featured in The Hollywood Times, Bolu is also using her platform to better local communities in other ways, too (which include working with Pickering City on a pilot project fighting racism and a virtual performance for Feed The Need Durham).
Bolu is already a world changer - this hugely impactful young woman continues to use her voice, determination and many talents to make a positive difference in the world.
- Performing at the Toronto Caribbean Festival, The Network of Nigerians in Canada, OFFA International Women's Day Film Festival.
- Asked to perform for the Canadian online launch party of the release of a new book meant to inspire children to activism written by the cousin of Rosa Parks, Angela Sadler-Williamson.
- Within weeks of writing Make It Right, she was featured in : CityTV, CP24 News, AM960, 680 News, Clarington This Week, Orono Times, Durham.com, The RoundTable Talk show in Long Beach, California, and Ticker TV in Australia
In this episode, we discuss:
- The key values she has learnt from her parents and home environment
- Struggling to relate to people her age, and finding connection with people older who share a a similar vision
- Dealing with overwhelming publicity and how she stays grounded and humble while becoming more well known and receiving more media attention
- Has Justin Bieber really reformed and cleaned up his act, or is it a publicity stunt?
- Meeting her mentor, Roxanne, for the first time.
- How to find the right mentor and understanding the purpose of a mentor in music and life in general.
- The role and significance of meeting Angela Sadler-Williamson - the cousin of Rosa Parks
- Visiting Africa, and appreciating the risks and sacrifices made by our parents' generation that has allowed us the chance to explore our passions and desire to solve world issues
- The importance of no matter how far you go, to always remember where you came from
- The importance of teaching and raising awareness around mental health in school
- Becoming the Opening Act for Canada Day 2021 (taking place on July 1st!)
Connect with Bolu:
on Instagram: www.instagram.com/bolusings1
on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYDvJAeMO_o1Y5kV4PtYq0Q
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