Be it in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Asaba or Benin,Nigerians are united by one voice in rejecting unfair treatment and injustice as they also demand good governance, while holding government accountable.
As the endSARS protests continue across the country, Governors’ orders have been defied and their personalities ridiculed on podiums, while love for fellow men and country has taken the centre stage.
But at the heart of this moment which seems like a turn around is the use of music, as citizens rally for funding and iconic shots are taken, Nigerians have also used music to pass their messages in crystal clear forms.
Here are the top seven songs of the movement:
While Fem is not exactly a song with political background, it has been used as a sound track for endSARS protests across the nation. It was even used to tell Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu to shut up on October 13,2020.
Eedris Abdulkareem’s Jaga Jaga
When Eedris released this song, Obasanjo was President of the country. To think that Nigeria was even more Jaga Jaga now is sickening. He sang Nigeria Jaga Jaga in 2004 and 16 years later, the song is hitting the right note.The song documents the perpetual upheavals that are inherent in the country. Jaga Jaga is then an onomatopoeia for the troubles and upheavals. In Port Harcourt, the song particularly took centre stage for the city’s natural attitude to conflict.
While sorrow, tears and blood were also shed during the protests, Zombie, which was dedicated to the military government in the year it was fighting against unarmed and defenceless Nigerians, who were literally abused and battered by the government.
African China’s Mr. President
When African China’s, Mr President came on at the protests recently, funny as that song was many years ago, everyone could relate to the struggle, that tune is the sound track of the movement # #SARSMustEnd.
African China released this letter to the President to treat the citizens well, this suits the current agenda as the responsibility of the central government is one of the reasons why we find ourselves here.
P Square’s Oga Police
A little further back in May, 2005, Nigeria’s now defunct super group, PSquare released their somophore album, Get Squared, at track three was a song titled: Oga Police. It also chronicled the ills of the country’s law enforcement agents. The long and short of the story was how a young man got arrested by members of the Nigerian Police Force simply for driving his own car. For its topical resonance, the song perfectly suits the purpose of the protests.
Burna Boy’s Monsters You Made
Monsters You Made seems to be the only song suitable for the expressions in these pictures. If Burna Boy’s PR wasn’t at an all time low for his inactivity as regards the battle to end SARS, this song would have been the perfect soundtrack for the protests. Chris Martin sings thus, “We are the monsters you made “ in response to the political elite, Burna Boy sang about inevitable conflicts after citizens got fed up and this is it.
Naira Marley’s Aye
“Aye o le o, Aye l’o Maye le” . That is Yoruba for life is easy, people just make life hard. The song basically suits the Nigerian government and its tendency for making life unnecessarily hard for its own citizens.
Movie Production: Filmmaker Decries Activities Of Street Urchins In Lagos
A Nollywood film producer,Mr Ralph Nwadike, says activities of street urchins in Lagos State remain a great concern to film makers, as they disrupt film production on locations.
Nwadike said this while speaking with the The Tide source yesterday, in Lagos.
He said that street urchins often demanded to be paid land fee (Owole), before any film production would commence.
According to Nwadike, this had become a thing of great concern to him and his colleagues in the industry.
He, however, suggested that the Lagos State government could empower registered film makers with some form of documentation to be presented to street urchins while on location.
Nwadike said such documentation would deter the street urchins and enable hitch-free movie production.
It is not only me, a number of my colleagues who are film makers in Lagos State experience disturbance from these street urchins.
“This has always discouraged most film makers in Lagos.
“These street urchins usually impose some amount of money on us to pay, if not, they threaten to destroy our cameras. They are always armed with knives and other harmful objects.
“They threaten to attack us viciously, this is so scary and it is affecting the tourism industry growth.
“I call on the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the Lagos state Film and Video Censors Board to wade into this issue because it is really affecting film makers’ business in Lagos.
“It is a sad development. Filmmakers should be given some documentation, which would enable us operate freely without being interrupted or disturbed by these so called street urchins,” Nwadike said.
Lagos Assures Tourism Investors Of Taxes Harmonisation
Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Mr Solomon Bonu, has assured investors in the tourism, arts and culture industries of taxes harmonisation.
Bonu gave the assurance on the side-lines of the commemoration of the World Tourism Day on Tuesday in Lagos.
The event was jointly organised by the Lagos State Government and the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria.
Bonu said the Gov. Sanwo-Olu was currently working on how the numerous taxes tourism investors paid could be streamlined for their businesses to thrive.
“We are aware that so many investors have been complaining about multiple taxation. The governor is currently working on that to see how the taxes can be harmonised.
“There is a lot of hope for investors and we are also doing this to woo more investors into the state to take the tourism industry to an enviable height.
“We are aware of the enormous benefits the state and individuals in the state can derive from the growth of tourism; it is an industry with inexhaustible opportunities,’’ he said.
The aide urged Nigerians to critically evaluate this year’s theme of the World Tourism Day and embrace the industry for wealth creation.
Bonu advised individuals to be creative while exploring the different value chains in the industry to create employment opportunities.
According to him, Nigerian youths need not wait for government at different levels to create jobs.
“Lagos State has invested a lot in the growth of tourism to enable people to latch onto the opportunities in the industry.
“Individuals can invest in the food aspect, hotel, culture, transportation and more; the opportunities are enormous and tourism is all about inclusiveness.
“Government, whose responsibility is to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive, is doing a lot on that.
“Recently, the Lagos State tourism master plan was launched; this will guide those who want to embrace the industry in areas to invest in,’’ he said.
The Tide source reports that the theme of the 2021 World Tourism Day is: “Tourism and Inclusive Growth’’.
D’banj Releases New Album, Stress Free
Nigerian pop star, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as “D’banj”, has released a new album titled, Stress Free.
The album came following his four-year break from the music scene and its release coincided with Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary.
The “Koko Master” in a statement disclosed that he collaborated with Seun Kuti on the project to tint it with Afrobeats innovation mode.
“While embodying a successful career, “Stress Free” shows a polished artist who is not only experimenting but having fun, along with slick production values, featuring the spectacular skills of music producer Rexxie.
“I went back to legacy which is why I got Egypt 80, led by Seun Kuti, on all seven tracks and then eased into a realm of zero anxiety after the turbulent period that the world has been through.
“We had a lot of fun in the studio and hopefully this all shows up on the record,” he said.
In “Stress Free,” he slipped into Afrobeats innovation mode, visible in the multi-layered fusion of horns, saxophones and futuristic synths across tracks.
“The Egypt 80 brings the horns on the Afrobeat fusion, “Zombie,”, and the Afro-meringue mix of ‘Welcome To Lagos’ as well as the free-wheeling “Stress Free” and “Banga.”
“Ikebe” is a gentle, uplifting prayer while “Big Vibe” incorporates the Amapiano sound into a pan-continental dance special and “Avocado” featuring Burna Boy leads you into a glorious sense of Afrobeats utopia,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the video, directed by Clarence Peters, is pure entertainment, complete with D’Banj’s tongue in cheek lyrics, stylish fashion and indomitable swagger.
The Tide recalls that the artiste had in 2017 released an album titled, “King Don Come.”
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