Having been born and raised in the United States of America to a Ghanaian father and Filipino mother, Martenni Marie did not have any connection with her black roots.
Even though her mother taught her the culture of the Philippines, Martenni grew up with little to no knowledge of her African and most importantly Ghanaian roots.
This affected her ability to take pride in her origins but she would have a change of mind after seeing a picture of her paternal grandmother in 2015.
That was the beginning of her consciousness as a Black woman and her appreciation of Afrobeats which is taking over the world now.
In a chat with Graphic Showbiz, Martenni, who was first runner up in Miss Philippines 2014, mentioned that there were people of African descent like her who have shied away from making that known because of how the Western world has negatively projected Africans.
She explained that in their quest to belong, most Africans or people of African descent have lost themselves. Having experienced and suffered that herself for a larger part of her life, she has set out to change that narrative with a new song titled Mo.
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Even though Mo is not her first song, it is the beginning of an Afro movement Martenni has started to encourage Africans and people of African descent to be proud of their roots.
“I've realised that Black people are the true people of God and we need to start exercising that belief to achieve a better way of living instead of trying to chase the enemy's way of life and stop being deceived.
“My new song Mo and my upcoming album will touch on self-love and issues that I've learned within the African-American and African communities growing up in a foreign land (America). It's time we all start tracing back to our roots and realising we are gods and to love ourselves and one another every day,” she stated.
Martenni released her maiden EP Act of Love in 2019 to promote her love for R&B. The EP had songs such as Wrong, Ride, You, Away, Soul, and Every Day.
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However, Mo, produced by Soldidoio, perfectly fits into her plan of pushing Ghanaian and African culture with no focus on what she described as “booty songs.”
“I just want Ghana to know that I'm the new girl in town and I'm here to represent not only my family in Walewale but also all men and women who struggle with their true identities. I think I'm a warrior because of the path I've taken which I'm confident will fly,” she stated.