Singer Lisa C. George seeks stricter penalties for perpetrators of rape
Talented Abuja-based Afrobeat artiste, Chiamaka Nweke, who is better known as ‘Lisa C. George’ has expressed displeasure over the recent cases of rape, domestic abuse and other crimes against women in the society.
Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, the songwriter lamented that instead of protecting the women as mothers, sisters, children, and friends, the perpetrators of the anti-social act have seared their conscience with hot iron and have brought nothing but sadness and pain to the lives of innocent victims.
In her words: “It is beginning to seem that these abusers are having a field day and getting away with these heartless crimes and it is time to put a stop to it. Our society has for too long focused on the abused rather than the abuser, and for the fear of being stigmatized, the abused go and suffer in silence while the abuser walks wild and free and available to cause more harm; it is time for us to change the story and we must do it now.”
Lisa urged the government to implement more protective measures for the women and children in the society and enact stricter penalties for perpetrators.
Born and raised in Enugu, the ODO singer encouraged fellow artistes to lend their support towards fighting the social menace that is rapidly eating on the very core of the nation’s existence. “Women are not objects that you own or buy; if she says no, please it means no,” she said.
The Gele and Gaza crooner has been relentless in her contribution to changing the narrative and mindset on women and the girl-child as objects of sex, and she is doing this by donating to Non-Governmental Organisations that are actively involved in helping sexually abused victims, collaborating and engaging with voluntary organisations to educate individuals and communities on consent, sexual abuse and it’s implications.
On how music impacts the society, the Afrobeat star-girl said: “power could be harnessed when music is used as a messenger of truth. It’s not just about the sound, but let the music be a messenger of love, a voice for real life situations and an advocate for growth and development.”
Commenting on journey into the music industry, the Manage and Girls Abre singer explained that her music has been greatly influenced by the social crusaders of old, particularly those who fought for justice and equity, despite being a member of the church choir.
“The love and passion for music and how it can be a source of influence and change has been a major force that has kept me going from that seven year old girl who sang in the choir to an unstoppable performer in my own rights.”
As the only girl amongst her siblings, Lisa’s family has always supported her career as a music artiste, which led her to participate in the famous reality TV show, MTN Project Fame in 2011.
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