It is no secret that being a woman in this androcentric music industry of ours is a tough feat; female musicians are forced to work twice as hard to gain half as much.
It is a shame that Tiwa Savage and DJ Cuppy, two Nigerian women at the top of their respective fields, would sooner denounce feminism than they would elevate other women, but thankfully, there are platforms, such as Femme, that are actively trying to uplift women.
Speaking with Konbini about what inspired her to pioneer the platform, Ayomide Dokunmu, founder of Femme, said:
"My best friend and I were discussing the need for representation for women in music — and we thought of what we could do to change things"
It is rather inspiring to see this young woman not just recognise the problem of sexism in the industry, but actually dedicate herself to creating a solution, especially given that she is otherwise not a woman in music.
With the aim of building a community for women in Africa's booming music industry, Femme is primarily concerned with providing a platform for female artists in order for them to gain exposure, and for their talent to be recognised.
For Femme's inaugural event, they are hosting a musical showcase with live performances from five female musicians. Jazz Atta, Maka, Deborah Prest, Tems and Asikey, are the women that will be gracing the stage at Miliki Lagos on December 9, promising a femme-filled evening of elegance and wonder.
As we wait to hear these five women bring beauty to Miliki, we are getting to know their music, and loving the process. Our current favourite is Asikey's "Dark", which you can listen to below: