It would seem that an artiste for which 2018 has served as a year of maturating and of becoming; having enhanced her understanding of the Nigerian music industry is Teni. Following decent singles in 2017, Teni in 2018, particularly through ‘Askamaya’ makes a strong statement of intent as to the manner through which she’d exploit her unique position/contribution in the big pot of Nigerian pop.
When a celebrity artist dresses say with buttons open and parts of the body exposed, we find it palatable because they are artists. However, when a politician does this, it is unacceptable. There is a strong relationship between fashion, the position you are as a politician or celebrity artist, the reputation you built prior, and what people expect of you.
The distance between their individual capacities and that of the President are not miles apart, if any. The PDP and its candidates want power at the centre for the PDP, and not for Nigeria. The APC wants the same, but it appears the lesser evil for Buhari’s defiance to unfavourable electoral will is steeped in the benefit to Nigeria, of sustained leadership
‘Alright’ demonstrates that an artist’s (latest) work may assume a reflection of the expectations, responsibilities, challenges, and failures of a system or occurrence as may pertain to her/his identity/race. Such consciousness may in fact be a catalyst for creativity as is evidenced from the explorations of a popular music representation of a persecuted people
A trip into reality and a transportation of these strongly opinionated advocates of free speech into real life settings and the amazement one gets surpasses perplexing. Whereas the world was well entertained by the most recent presidential election campaigns in the US wherein a certain Donald J. Trump bulldozed his way to the White House on content developed from labels such as “Lyin’ Ted” and “Crooked Hillary”, civility was not tossed out the window
In his 1st season in charge at Old Traafford, Mourninho bettered the 7th place finish by a step: United finished 6th, but this was on the back of the League Cup and the Europa League – a title that took United back into the Champions League, a competition finishing 7th or 6th wouldn’t qualify a team for! Mourinho’s 2nd season saw the newcomers get knocked out at home by Sevilla in the 2nd round of the Champions League while playing the FA Cup final and finishing 2nd (4 places better than the year before) in the league.
The result of these choices is the condescension with which Nigerians are treated both at home and abroad by non-Nigerians. Indeed, non-Nigerians sometimes imbibe the worst of Nigerians’ traits and use it against Nigeria.