Recently, the social media, especially Twitter, was filled with conscious discussions about the state of things in Nigeria. Many of the youth population shifted from their usual cyber-savagery to engaging in meaningful talks about the ills in the country— ranging from politics, to education, to religious issues and more.
Indeed, it was one of Falz’s latest singles titled ‘Talk’ that served as the catalyst to this. In this track, Falz attempts to depict various irregularities in Nigeria which include corruption, oppression, extortion and more that characterise our governance and religious systems. As in his other satirical songs like ‘Wehdone Sir’, ‘This is Nigeria’, ‘Foreign’ and others, the lawyer-cum-rapper employs humour in passing his topical message.
As if it were a prepared script, the hashtag #talk suddenly got trending and almost everyone on social media was either asking questions or expressing their opinions about the various issues troubling Nigeria. In fact, most interestingly, some Twitter users went on to tag important government organs and personalities in a bid to keep them reminded of their discarded, or perhaps forgotten responsibilities.
Now, in view of the above, isn’t it quite safe to say that music is much capable of engendering critical discussions amongst the populace? Of course, what played out in response to ‘Talk’ could only mean one thing. And that’s the fact that, while people love to listen to good , danceable ‘jams’ and be entertained, they also love songs that reflect and represent their societal realities especially the bad ones that need urgent corrections.
Most convincingly, music can go a long way in influencing the thoughts of people, particularly the youth, in society. This is because, like other performance or creative arts, music largely has a way it connects with the mind of its listeners. Music can be fast in affecting the thoughts and actions of its listeners, even much faster than written literature or journalistic writings. Should there be more songs challenging Nigeria’s societal sickness, the country would be better as the government may be put under duress through an increased level of concern amongst the people.
Without a doubt, music can be a tool for social change as in years past. Hence, also considering the fact that musicians often have a huge fan base, it would be quite helpful if they can always try to instill society-conscious messages in some of their songs, even if not all. Nigerians sorely need to challenge the failing and ailing country more and more. Nigeria needs citizens with critical minds, who ask questions and seek solutions to foster the needed development. We need to keep our leaders on their toes. .
Imagine a situation where most of the songs produced by Nigerian artistes are tailored towards challenging the various problems bedeviling the country. What results do you think that would yield?
This Nigeria, our dear Nigeria, has to be better.
This article was written by Adekola Yusuff; connect with him on IG here