"One Woman" has reached people all around the world with its message of women's empowerment. It has already spawned a Chinese version, and an Arabic version is about to be released on International Women's Day.
In addition to her music, Kidjo has a boundless passion for women's empowerment and human rights. She is an advocate for girls' education and a fighter against genital mutilation, early marriage, and violence against women.
What my father told me was exactly what Mandela said when he got out of jail. He asked the South African people to rewrite their songs, to resist their first impulse. He said: Please do not to be defined by the prejudices of your enemies.
Nelson Mandela, whose July 18th birthday is known and celebrated worldwide as Mandela Day, is hugely influential and inspirational to musicians, who've found it easy to wrap poetry and melodies around the leader's tragic and triumphant life since.
As an African woman, I declare: The Nobel Prize got it right, it celebrated three African Women.
African Women are doing the work in the trenches. We often forget the doers and usually acknowledges the talkers.