Nigerian musicians are creative and have themed their songs around the circumstances they found themselves in; the statement is still valid as the younger generation still find themselves. The only thing separating them and their situation is a record deal.
The common man is always striving and working hard to meet ends. If one day of hustle provides a three-course meal for the next day for his family, he is more than content. And he repeats that cycle until his life changes for good. This is the most-told story of a typical Nigerian.
These Nigerian songs have been themed around lack and extreme poverty. Check them out.
Aye o – Crayon
Over diverse instrumentals, Crayon broke down the elements of a hustler who lacks money, food and a comfortable abode. He also dropped wisdom nuggets which entails patience and belief in handiwork. Crayon’s storytelling on the record proved to be one of the emotional pieces arranged in the song from his 2019 EP “CRAY CRAY”.
Wetin man go do – Burna Boy
A hungry man has no rest, and a hungry man is always up and doing. Burna Boy might have told his story in the song of being an outcast because he wasn’t pocketful. The second verse transcended in the tale of a man unable to provide for his kids and wife. He also stressed the physical effect that comes with hardwork as he sang in high pitch; ‘Body don dey tire, body no be firewood/ Wetin man go do.’
Suffer suffer – Lady Donli
Lady Donli’s unique vibe preaches suffering which will eventually lead her to prosperity through her craft. The vocalist pushed herself on the record with the hook as she tweaked in ‘I didn’t come here to suffer, me I came to enjoy/ I wanna enjoy………….’
Billion dollar – Idahams
Contrary to popular opinion of Southern Nigeria being the home of wealth, Idahams exposed the flaws of a failed system in that region. Even with the strongest label in the world at his back, Idahams still feels he is broke. The song also spoke for the countless millions in poverty. ‘Oluwa give me give me billion dollars’ he sang, as he laid two more verses with his usual delivery in pidgin English.
Suffer – Oberz and Zlatan
Cos my mama too suffer, my papa too suffer – these were the lines that accompanied the bridge of Oberz as Zlatan spitted some revealing lines on the verses. The song delivered in Yoruba, brought to light the tenacity and the prayer of poor people, which is to live like their opposite class in comfort.
This article was written by Alex Ndace; he tweets via @AlexNdace