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Nigerian Artists: Fanning the Flame of Immorality

MARILYN Mason, with her insightful messages, maintains a place in the league of iconic singers. The American musical maestro, in one of his essays – “Is Adult Entertainment Killing Our Children?” Or does killing our children entertain adults? posed a thought-provoking question to fellow artists around the world. Societies that seem indifferent to the immorality children are exposed to via music – “music that lacks ethics and ethos”. If Marilyn’s sermon and those of other well-meaning people went around the world and had an impact, they probably paused at the Nigerian borders for fear of deafening ears and the “anyhow” of Nigerian artists . “Secure the bag by all means”, which could be compared to what author James Cook considered “ignoring the dangers while making money” is a syndrome of Nigerian artists, ditto part of their audience , battle. “I don’t care if I’m doing it right or not, if a soul is healed or damaged, if my music poses serious dangers or not, if I’m promoting immorality; I have to earn my money. After all, owo ni koko. (It’s the money that counts).

How kala, daju, wuwa ika (To remain aggressive, vicious and perpetrate wickedness) comes from the mouth of a musician who meant well for society is beyond imagination. Very few of these artists deliver great messages, address societal issues, and make giant waves around the world: the vast majority sing to instill bad morals. No good message, no moral. Just vibrations, rhythms and bushwah. Cyber ​​fraud has become latent among young Nigerians. Nigeria loses about $500 million a year to cybercrime, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission. Unfortunately, this represents 0.08% of the country’s gross domestic product. A major contributor to this is bad music! Songs like Cashapp by Bella Shmurda, Living Things by 9ice, Am I Yahoo Boy? by Naira Marley and all sorts only preached cyber fraud to (un)suspecting young people. The ban invoked on these songs by the National Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC) could only limit their live broadcast, the songs have been very successful on streaming platforms. The more listeners, the more potential cybercriminals. There are hundreds of these immoral songs released weekly and monthly by Nigerian artists. It’s no wonder, then, that the pride of most young people is now in cyber fraud. One example is 16-year-old Gabriel Michael in Gombe State who was apprehended on cybercrime charges on September 4, 2019 and revealed he was inspired by the music and lifestyle of Naira Marley. Listen to him: “Naira Marley’s lifestyle, the way he spends money, influenced me. Marley talks about being a Yahoo boy (cyber fraudster). My computer addiction started when I was seven years old. Millions of Michaels went off the rails, thanks to indecent Nigerian songs. The ripple effects of Nigerian musicians on young people is indeed a serious concern.

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August 18, 2017 was just one of many days of ineffective bans by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Olamide’s Wo was banned after a tweet from the Federal Department of Health said the song violated the Tobacco Control Act 2015. Olamide’s Wo isn’t the only song that has encouraged young people to take hard substances; Science Student of the same Olamide, Kush of Phyno, Drug Test of Naira Marley and many others have made hard substances so appealing to youngsters. Another reason why drug and substance abuse is on the rise. Many women on the street were subjected to body-shaming and assault, thanks to music like Naira Marley’s A s’opọtoyi aṣọ l’ẹfi bo. In the spring of November 2019, Anambra State NYSC Camp Director Mr. Kehinde Aremu issued a furtive warning to male corps members at Ummuawulu Mbauku Orientation Camp in the state. The bitter complaints of female members of the corps being shamed and assaulted by their male counterparts – with the trend of the time of A ṣ’opọ toyi propelled Mr. Kehinde’s warning. This is what music hurts young Nigerians: grabbing them by the skin and grabbing them by the senses – all in the name of entertainment and wokè.

Madira o Iku pa ẹ (stay strong, lest you be killed) – an unhealthy sarcasm – is currently making waves across the social media platform. It was a word from an Oba Solomoni, a veteran of the entertainment industry. It seems that the Yoruba did not think of Solomoni and his ilk when they said: Agba kii wa lọja, ki ori ọmọ tuntun wọ (An elder does not exist somewhere and watch things go wrong). With Madira oo, Solomoni had glamorized voodoo to (young) Nigerians. It baffles the mind if Efunsetan Aniwura, Kurunmi IJaye and other highly fetishistic men and women were not driven away, despite their voodoo. Igboho Oosa, Sunday Adeyemo – despite his voodoo bluster – is currently on the run for fear of being sent to the gulag by Ijọba amuni m’ogun; the government that apprehends powerful men and their voodoo. Nigerian artists – especially musicians – should reconnect the dots of their moral compass and stem the immoral and harmful content they are distributing to society. Lucky Dube, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Miriam Makeba, Nico Mbarga and other legendary singers are revered to this day because of how they weaponized their musical content against immorality, oppression, bad governance, apartheid, national disintegration, youthful exuberance, among other notable causes. . Current Nigerian artists can cut the styles of these legendary (women) men.

To conclude, dear young Nigerians, “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so enduring,” said the most famous writer, Mary Wortley. The act of seeking amusement to pass the time or to seek a sharp ray in dark days must not cloud one’s sense of righteousness. Many productive actions like reading books are also entertaining and comforting. They will make you rather than break you, like Wack Entertainment does. Seek pleasure in productive actions that might open your eyes to the immorality you are embracing from Nigerian entertainers.