So I was watching MTV Base recently with a cousin of mine who, after seeing too many collabos among foreign female musicians, expressed worries over why Nigerian female musicians do not have such beautiful harmony.
“Bros this thing de worry me, e get as e be. Wetin dem de drag, wetin be their problem sef,” my bemused cousin asked.
“You know you women are always like that, you see your fellow women as rivals even in situations where rivalry is not needed. Una don de fight unaselves since the time of Adam.” I joked.
“Ehh is true but are those foreign female artistes not women too? Our own too much abeg. See Iggy Azzella, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Rihanna, Cardi B, Ariana Grande etc, these ladies are collaborating. Na so so beef our women here sabi. Beef wey no even get meaning. Mtcheew!”
“This thing de pain you oo,” I remarked.
“Ehe now. We de talk about Girl Power, Girl Power, no be for mouth o. The ones in the movie industry have realized themselves, and they are working together now but the music industry is just there, even if their beef aren’t pronounced, we all know they’re not helping one another place their crowns on their different heads properly,” she noted.
I saw reasons to agree with my cousin, a 24 year old Nigerian music lover and Girl Power supporter whose dream is to make money, open a label where only female artists would be signed. But she’s afraid that this lack of team spirit among female Nigerian musicians would make her jettison that ambition.
But come to think of it, she has a sound point. Even the parallel she drew between Nigerian female musicians and their foreign counterparts are logical and holds strong water, same as her juxtaposition of them with their Nollywood counterparts. She didn’t compare them with their male Nigerian counterparts who keep supporting one another everyday with sign-on and collabos. That would have been an unfair comparison because someone could argue and win that guys naturally understand themselves better and faster than ladies. So she used two other female instances to prove that this may not be about women naturally not wanting to work together, this could be about something we are yet to find out among Nigerian female musicians.
Nigerian female musicians haven’t been in their best form of friendship for long. The least we could remember is the friendship and subsequent collabos between Waje and Omawunmi. But what of Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade, Chidimma and Seyi Shay, Niniola and Teni etc. These ladies aren’t truly working together in the real sense which has seen to the reason why they fade on time and why some of them don’t even get to shine at all. Most of them even prefer to work with their male colleagues or foreign females (Niniola & Busiswa, for instance). It was heartwarming seeing Tiwa Savage bring Yemi Alade up to the stage during her Everything Savage Concert, we look forward to more of that, we look forward to their going into the studio to give us something and quit with the ganging thing that is not beneficial to them.
On the other hand, I could be hallucinating alongside my cousin. These female artists may not be warring at all; maybe they don’t just find it necessary paying their fellow females for collabo when they, themselves, can still hit the same note or even better, just maybe. But I’m certain that if Beyonce had selfishly thought of that, she wouldn’t have brought in Shakira to make the “Hips Don’t Lie” hit with her.
This article was written by Ifesinachi Nwadike