Born in Enugu, Nigeria, Ben’s music and early life were shaped by his experiences as a boy soldier in the Biafran army during the country’s civil war, The pain and destruction he witnessed during that period soon began to influence the lyrics he wrote, his songs reflecting a heart felt plea for justice, truth and love.
An ongoing involvement in peace and justice initiatives followed with Ben currently involved with the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, Amnesty International and others.
BEN OKAFOR will be appearing on BBC1’s “Heaven and Earth Show” this weekend.
Broadcasting from 10.00am to 11.00am on Sunday morning (March 25th), the programme will be looking at the issue of slavery and trafficking as we reach the 200th anniversary of the passing of the Slave Trade Bill by the UK government which made the slave trade illegal.
As we unfortunately know, the modern day slave trade is still very active. Rob Taylor, Ben’s manager informed us that “Ben will be giving a long interview and will be performng a song live in the studio from his latest album Acoustic Close-Up”
So, tune in or set your recorders!
You can visit the programme’s website