Accountability Music Awards

The Accountability Music Awards recognise African musicians and artists whose music supports the fight against corruption in Africa.

Voting ends Tuesday, 30 November!

We all love great songs, but what’s better than listening to great music while supporting artists changing the world to be a better place?

Let’s join hands for a transparent and accountable world.

2019 WINNER: CILL

Lagos-based musician Chioma “Cill” Ogbonna was the winner of the 2019 Accountability Music Awards, beating out a competitive field of other finalists who represent the best of socially-conscious music from across the African continent.

Cill’s music incorporates elements of soul, alternative rock, folk, and country music, with splashes of ‘Africanness’. She abandoned her legal career in 2016 to pursue her love of music.

Her song “All You’ve Got” talks about social and political reform in Nigeria and encourages citizens to take an active role in pushing for change.

About the Awards

The Accountability Music Awards celebrate musicians who are using their music to support transparency and accountability around the world. We all love great songs, but what’s better than listening in and also knowing you are supporting artists who are changing their countries for the better?

We care about this because transparency and accountability really matter. When money meant for health clinics goes missing, or drugs meant for patients are stolen, people die. When funds allocated for education go astray or are mismanaged, children cannot learn. This perpetuates suffering, poverty, and inequality. That’s why we support and celebrate singers, musicians, DJs and producers who are using their voices and music to raise awareness about these types of problems.

The Accountability Music Awards is a joint project of Accountability Lab, the African Union and ONE.

The Accountability Lab makes governance work for people everywhere by supporting active citizens, responsible leaders and accountable institutions. We are reimagining how to build accountability to support a world in which resources are used wisely, decisions benefit everyone fairly, and people lead secure lives.

ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity. We believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality.

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. The AU is guided by its vision of “An Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.”