Toni Tones is well known for being a stellar actress, singer, and
photographer. But did you know she is also a passionate advocate of
women’s rights and empowerment?
One of the causes she is currently advocating for is the ‘Yaba Market
March’ movement, which was started by Damilola Marcus. You may recall
that Damilola along with a group of women, had organized and embarked on a
peaceful market protest at Yaba market a few weeks ago. The rationale
behind the protest was to stop women from being victims of marketplace
groping, abuse and even physical assault.
The women marched peacefully, urging men at the market not to harass them,
as they chanted their slogan, “stop touching us.” They were not deterred
be the aggressiveness of the men present. The very next day, there were
reports from women saying they had visited Yaba market and no one had
touched them, as a direct result of the march.
Toni Tones heard about the movement via social media, and was deeply moved
by their cause. Consequently, she sought to help them develop sustainable
measures to ensure that women continue to remain safe while visiting the
To this end, she facilitated a meeting with activist, her Excellency, Mrs
Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, to discuss ways in
which the government could help support the noble cause.
Her Excellency, graciously hosted Toni Tones and the women who engaged in
the market march at her home, where they discussed the market march agenda
and the different ways the government could render support.
The meeting ended on a very positive note, with lots of impactful reforms
Mrs. Osinbajo also came up with an additional slogan for the movement, as
follows: “I’m shopping no touching.”
Source Stella Dimoko korkus