Nigeria is a country blessed with a large number of talented creatives, from actors to musicians and other interesting personalities. Away from their prowess in respective fields of endeavour, it’s obvious that many fans worship the musicians for the fame and fortune rather than the actual musical content, because on closer analysis, some of the messages delivered through the music are downright shocking. Some hail Wizkid as one of the “natural resources” that the nation exports, but what message does his music really pass? Relax? Enjoy life? Of course that appeals to the average person who’s constantly seeking a distraction from the uncertainties of each day (and probably the grueling nature of Lagos traffic).
It’s 2019 A.D. and we’re gradually becoming aware of the need to respect women more in a bid to cancel out the horrors of a patriarchal society, but there’s one artist that apparently struggles to get the memo, while somewhat shockingly adored most by the very gender whom he makes disparaging references to.
The lyrics “no be you I carry come, but na you I go carry go o” from Kizz Daniel’s first major hit “Woju” hinted at the fact that your girlfriend was probably not safe with him around. The year was 2014, and he was still an up-and-coming artiste at the time, so those lines were probably forgivable, never mind the not-so-complimentary allusion to cuckolding.
Fast-forward to 2017, and we find ourselves glossing over a portion of “Yeba” where Kizz Daniel implicitly endorses the inappropriate touching of ladies at a dance party. Do the lyrics “uncle stop touching me/sorry” remotely hint at consent (sought and obtained)? Thanks to law books (and by extension, Twitter threads), we have learned that consent can be withdrawn at any time, so the fact that one of our musical favourites still made room for such thematic carelessness in his music, calls for concern.
“Nneka wait, open for daddy”.
At this point if you cannot notice the inherently suggestive nature of the lines, then there is no hope; even blind loyalty cannot discountenance the fact that someone has to watch what he sings.
The year is 2019 and on Madu (from the “No Bad Songz” album) he croons, “come to my bedroom/cassava dey for you/are you okay/are you okay?” It would seem that he has changed his ways, as he expresses chivalry in offering “food” to the lady (never mind that the decision to serve up same in the bedroom calls for debate). “I wan to use my **** to shift your womb/oh permit me” shows that indeed Kizz Daniel has finally got around to the concept of consent, but why would he want to shift her womb? Is he a gynaecologist?
Mr. Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, we love you, and you make great art, but we have to admit that sometimes, your songs tend to be creepy and a tad misogynist. Is there a way to fix this?
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