Noella Wiyaala known on stage as Wiyaala is a multiple award winning Ghanaian Afro-pop singer-songwriter who sings in her native language Sissala and Waala dialects and English, often combining all three languages within her songs.
In the year 2020, Wiyaala and some members of her village embark on an agenda to stop the marriage of a 16 year old girl to a 36 year old farmer. With her influence, this act got a lot of media attention and also got the law enforcers to act swiftly. Wiyaala and her villages team have saved a whole generation from child exploitation and further securing a better future for the child.
We salute her for her bravery and that of her team in her village and wish to see more of these arts in the future. She is our Woman of Excellence 2020.
Wiyaala is outspoken on the male-dominated culture and polygyny of some African countries and to stand up for women’s rights and against family violence in her native Ghana. Her song “Tinambayai” in Sisaala language has been regarded as a protest against the exploitation of women in Africa. Wiyaala has featured on BBC talking about early child marriage and has expressed sympathy for feminism as a means to encourage young girls into completing their education so that they can be the ones that make the choices in their lives and also declared her success would serve as an example to her community that there was a future for young women beyond an early forced marriage.
Wiyaala has formed a a group called girls and boys Club of Funsi which seeks to help educate, entertain and guide the younger generation in her village for a better tomorrow.
Ayekoo to Wiyaala…A true daughter of the Land. Akwaaba Woman of Excellence 2020.