2019 and it’s a whole new ball game. Naira ma ti binu ke. First, he incurs the ‘attention’ of the EFCC and by extension that of the national space with the maverick ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy?’ He spends some time in jail, he gets released amidst rhetoric from the authorities that trial awaits him, and as expected, he’s back in the studio with two singles, the second of which comes with an accompanying dance.
Put simply, men are no longer desired by economically empowered women in the long-term committed sense of marriage. They may desire a man now and again, but men are definitely not close to what they desire for marriage (or the institution of bondage, as someone termed it). Perhaps women can marry superheroes or another specie beyond men that they have seen finish over the years.
A song which served to document this aspiration of suddenness in the Nigerian but appears to have past largely unrecognized in such respect is D’banj’s ‘Suddenly’. Other than ‘Oliver Twist’, there is perhaps no gainsaying that ‘Suddenly’ is D’banj’s most iconic and definitive work. Indeed, his playboy image overrides his contributions to chronicling the Nigerian socio-cultural reality of speediness.
Fact is that the Buhari government had become too unpopular for Soyinka to endorse it publicly. The next best thing, therefore, was to offer support in invisible ways. Indeed, Soyinka knew better than anyone that Moghalu stood no realistic chance. The performance of his running mate at the vice presidential debate was a rude awakening to Nigerians that perhaps their best leadership materials are very much resident in the PDP and the APC.
To those who aren’t quite his people and are busy downing tools, giving up on life and doubting everything essentially – like Solo who said he’d never blow – Wizkid’s message in ‘Ojuelegba’ is simple: You only live once, so why not commit to prayers whose efficacy has not only been proven but is in fact the very reason why he has grown by leaps and bounds to the point of writing/performing the very successful anthem called ‘Ojuelegba’ and beyond.
Because this happened somewhere in Africa where the position both officially and unofficially is a posturing of zero tolerance for homosexuality and homosexual behavior – I mean so many Africans have obtained asylum away from Africa just on this issue. There has been so much frowning on the matter from a number of past and present African leaders including from Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and rather more famously, Uhuru Kenyatta’s (of Kenya) non-entertainment of the subject whilst standing next to Barack Obama
‘Baecation’ presented no novelty in its casting particularly with Shizzi producing and Sesan shooting. Yet, when one saw the song title and the key protagonists therein, one was bound to think: ‘oh wow, look at my peeps putting Niger area on the map’ even in what is arguably the twilight of their rather illustrious music careers.
It is precisely at this juncture that the arrogance of United, which is shared very actively by a good number of pundits, must be called out. There is nothing to suggest that Pochettino, if offered/courted, would prefer the Old Trafford role to his present job. Mourinho did try to set the agenda properly when, as manager, he cited United’s past ability to scout at White Hart Lane and sign Spurs’ best players on a whim.
But beyond the elections and projections, approaching the Nigerian question requires more critical lenses and an honesty and discipline to ask and answer difficult, perhaps uncomfortable questions. What is the meaning of democracy in the Nigerian context for example?
The foregoing is perhaps a glimpse into the togetherness and absence of tears that followed the final match which ended one nil in favor of Nigeria’s Super Eagles. Little-known Sunday Mba had struck for the second Sunday running to effectively send the trophy Abuja’s way.
The excitement of being abroad as evidenced in members of those meaningless ‘Association of Nigerians in XXX’ is palpable. Never mind those from families in the lower and upper middle class whose parents have charged them to avoid Nigerians abroad and ensure to enter into wedlock with a foreigner.
Through his remark, Cameron isolated Corbyn’s fashion sense in order to evade the question of excessive spending at the Oxford NHS Trust, thus invited the country to partake in a rational qualitative critique of Corbyn’s wardrobe. In the book Fashion as Communication, Malcolm Barnard argues that since there are alternative interpretations of garments between the designers and the wearers, meaning cannot be a product of the designer’s intentions.
Many are all too aware that the sacrificing of Minister Adeosun was only but a convenient tool in a seemingly fixable rupture. There are just too many instances when the government would have carried on indifferently.
On the first premise, doing a Nigerian all-time eleven is not a day’s job. Without a lot of doubt, football has ranked as the most popular sport in Nigeria since her independence, at the very least. Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medal came in the brace forms of long jump and football at Atlanta ’96.
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