It might be true, Amaka, Folake, and Dumebi have fine, delectable physical qualities and specs you undoubtedly find largely appealing – your many songs about them in which you profess this is more than enough to draw conclusions.
But, does it ever occur to you that Amaka is more than her big, mesmeric buttocks or that there can be more to Folake’s affection than her wanting your ‘big cassava’ – whether in form of shredded tapioca or pounded akpu, we may never know.
And don’t let me mention the host of other innocent (and hopefully fictional) female characters (aided by nearly unclad video vixens) you tend to affront with lewd lyrics. We’ve casually celebrated, sang and danced far too long to songs where females are constantly being ceremoniously abused in melodious and enticing ways, or portrayed as one dimensional, money crazed nymphs that the Nigerian young woman is utterly and vehemently NOT. Yet we fail to see the link between pop culture influence and soft social, anti-women vices. Can we start singing out about other less sexual features of our women.
Although with credit to them, Nigerian artistes over the years have helped convince the world that the Nigerian woman is indeed physically beautiful and unique – but the age we are in demands that little girls growing up have a mental picture about their adulthood free from these fetishes and other jargons she takes off our pop culture. Who knows, we might help an actual Dumebi avoid teenage pregnancy and not have Folake think that auctioning off her young body to the highest bidder is an achievement simply because it was sung about.
And Dear young Nigerians, millennials, teenagers, (including Amaka, Folake, and Dumebi). It’s lousy enough that most of our musicians are immersed in the objectifying of, & hyper-sexualization of your youthful, innocent bodies. But the saddest irony is watching those who ought to speak against such conducts and maybe partly or wholly boycott the process, dancing ignorantly and mouthing lyrics of abuse, gyrating their bodies to the many tunes and anthems of this celebrated fetishes and whatever profligacy that ensues.
We learn a bit more from the things we see and hear than the ones we actually and intentionally purpose to learn by reading. This is why we were exposed to poems and rhymes in kindergarten – they were so catchy and we sang to them and believed the little stories they told.
Music has a stronger effect and coverage these days and I believe it should be used to educate and enlighten, much more than it has been or is currently being used to. And it does not help that when you tune in to whatever African music channel, to watch and listen in to some good Nigerian music, you’d have to be sure there is no toddler or adolescent around, because more often than not, the scenes that greet the eyes are near pornographic and language obscene. We’ve even seen toddlers dancing seductively at functions. Despicable.
This article was written by Oliaku Wisdom Ikechukwu; connect with him on Instagram via here