Top 20 Nigerian songs of all time

20: Banky W- ‘Strong thing’

Without the Nigerian elements in this song, it has international quality. The flute alone…

19: Davido – ‘Fall’

Incorporating highlife sound actually made everybody ‘fall’.

18: Sasha – ‘Adara’

Remind me why this isn’t one of the best rap delivery by a Nigerian female Mc?.

17: Jodie – ‘Kuchi Kuchi’

This song might be random, but there’s a reason why it quickly went viral shortly after its release, despite being her debut song. Well, because it’s good.

16: Waje – ‘I wish’

Her vocals were great. The reggae vibes even made it better.

15: General Pype – ‘Champion’

I love the uplifting lyrics, but the backing brigade band was unusual and inventive.

14: MI – ‘Safe’

He raised the bar notches higher in mc-ing. Listen again.

13: Paul Play Dairo – ‘Forever’ (R&b classic).

12: Psquare – ‘Roll it’

Not like we had too many naija pop songs to break dance to. Lol!.

11: Simi – ‘Love don’t care’

What do you think? Very different from what we’re used to. The harmony at the end kills me. Lol!.

10: Ojb – ‘Beautiful as you are’

This song solidifies his r&b veteran status. Closely followed by “searching”.

9: D’jinee – ‘Ego’

That baritone voice… Perfect.

8: Omawumi – ‘In the music’

The South African sound employed in this song was epic.

7: Timi Dakolo – ‘The Vow’

Meaningful lyrics, the choir, the overall composition – perfection.

6: Kel – ‘Too fine’ feat Alaye & May’d

Best musical threesome yet. Why? Cos the way all 3 different solo styles complemented each other was so dynamic.

5: Sound Sultan – ‘Mathematics’

On this joint, there’s a bit of Maths, there are take home lessons, and fun too.

4: Ty Bello – ‘Greenland’

The lyrics to Greenland is anthemic.

3: Dare Art Alade – ‘Not the girl’

Good singing without many instrumental accompaniment, but just piano chords, is tough. But he did a neat job.

2: Patoranking – ‘Left For Good’ feat. Waje

An unlikely pairing, but surprisingly, they made magic together.

1: Asa – ‘Eye Adaba’

Her raspy vocals goes right through your soul on this song.

Writer’s Bio

Bismark Ekenedilichukwu Benson is graduate of Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Imo State University. He is the author of “The Life of a Lagos Whore” and “Campus Affairs”.
Look out for more of his thoughts at https://bismarkscave.wordpress.com

NOLLYWOOD, MEDIOCRITY AND PSEUDO CREATIVITY

I surely have two bones to pick with Nollywood vis-à-vis their bungling cult of mediocrity and their pseudo creativity…

I surely have two bones to pick with Nollywood vis-à-vis their bungling cult of mediocrity and their pseudo creativity…

On Mediocrity:

World over, from Hollywood to Bollywood to any other wood except Nolly… Important movies these days are either biographies, autobiographies of a worthy life or historical occurrences and excellent novels being adapted into powerful movies. Also, well thought out philosophical musings are brought to bear on their various nation’s sociopolitical issues. Hence, most of what we’ve seen from America, India, etc, challenge our thoughts, our IQs and all.

But down here, Nollywood, in their stark laziness and uncreative projections, prefer to keep dancing round insipid and same storylines since after Igodo. Worst is their rigidness. If you won’t join their silly scriptwriters association, nothing will come out of your messianic ambition.. Join them, they infect you with their contagious mediocrity.

So, we are inundated with stupid films that insult our senses of literary and aesthetic appreciation. We are suffused with historically and socioculturally distorted movies that question our images, thinking faculties and senses of belonging. These movies, with their poor grammatical deployments both in English and local languages, damage our psyche, albeit gradually, and upholds the slow, indirect reconstruction of our complexes towards the inferior bend.

On Creativity and Pseudo Creativity:

Good and interesting movies have surely graced our TV screens from the handful of creative scriptwriters, directors and producers who are struggling against the overwhelming number of mediocres in the field. Some of their movies have reflected our fears, joys, travails and dilemmas – as a nation, as a culturally peculiar society. But I am worried, also, by the level of outright plagiarism that some of these producers indulge in.

When, sometime last year, I saw The Wedding Party, I had cause to celebrate a seemingly paradigm shift from mediocrity to creativity.

Same goes to when I saw Wives on Strike early this year.

However, my celebratory drum ebbed when I saw the Hollywood movie; Jumping The Broom, produced a year or two before The Wedding Party. I became more disillusioned when I recently saw Chi Raq; another Hollywood movie that came before Wives On Strike. Then it struck me, that the Nollywood makers of The Wedding Party and Wives On Strike relied heavily on the plot and thematic thrust of Jumping The Broom and Chi Raq.

Now don’t get me wrong. It is not bad to do so. In fact, I encourage our people to look Westwards and adapt some of their interesting movies into ones that will reflect our peculiar sociopolitical, economic, cultural and religious experiences. But what I am against is when it is done without discipline; that uncivilized culture of not crediting the source. There’s everything wrong with that and that’s my wahala with the producers of The Wedding Party and Wives On Strike.

In the Literary circle, Ola Rotimi successfully adapted Oedipus Rex into the Yoruba cultural matrix to produce for Africa, the classical The Gods Are Not To Blame that resonates with our sensibilities. Femi Osofisan’s Women of Owu and Who is Afraid of Tai Solarin are African adaptations of The Trojan Women and The Government Inspector, respectively, and these authors made it known from the outset. Even Wole Soyinka did it with his 1973 publication of The Bacchae of Euripides. Novelists like Tayib Salih and Igoni Barrett also did so, successfully. So why shouldn’t our movie makers do the honourable by quoting their sources? Is it as a result of that skewed but entrenched notion that Nigerians are lazy researchers who can never discover such theft? Is it as a result of that hogwash view that our movie lovers do not care about the source and content of the movies they watch? What exactly could have prompted these producers to think that we are daft, lazy and uncritical consumers?

My Verdict:

This writer is of the opinion that the producers of The Wedding Party and Wives On Strike depended on the concepts established in Jumping The Broom and Chi Raq to make their own movies. This writer does not think it is wrong to adapt or emulate. However, this writer condemns, in strong terms, the habit of hoarding glories and stark refusal to credit creative sources. It is an honourable thing to do and I enjoin our movie makers, the real movie makers to imbibe that healthy habit.

Our movie makers should also look into our literary basket and savour in the adaptation of the excellent stories so far produced by these cerebral writers who are making Nigeria proud in the global literary scene. I refuse to believe that there are no investors. There are investors but there are no investable storylines.

Hence, I implore our movie makers to look inwards and come up with good story lines. They should work closely with our novelists and playwrights, something healthy must come out of that relationship.

Above all, they should allow newer hands in the game; fresh players bring in fresh innovations.

Offside:

Meanwhile, every Nigerian should endeavour to see Chi Raq and see how the church and the community coalesced to stand against an ugly trend that threatened their common existence.

They stood up first and called God for support. They didn’t hide in their rooms to invoke God like we do down here.

I’m out.

Author’s Bio:

IFESINACHI, Johnpaul Nwadike is a poet, writer, comedian and rapper. He obtained a B.A in Literature from Imo State University, Owerri and an M.A in Literature from University of Ibadan. When he’s not listening to 2face, Asa or Brymo, he’s reading an African author. He relaxes by looking for trouble.

ANA President and Secretary call member ‘Bastard’

The president of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Denja Abdullahi and the secretary(south), Wole Adedoyin in fit of vituperations described a member of the association, Paul Liam as ‘Bastard’.

The president of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Denja Abdullahi and the secretary(south), Wole Adedoyin in fit of vituperations described a member of the association, Paul Liam as ‘Bastard’.

These comments came in response to allegations made by Paul Liam on his Facebook page.

Paul Liam, claiming to be in possession of evidences to prove his allegations had accused the leadership of playing bad politics with the association.

Abdullahi replied by saying Liam was not the son of his father and Adedoyin called Liam, ‘bastard’ and asked him to produce evidences for the allegations else they would sue him.

Feel free to share your thoughts on these comments from intellectuals using the comment space below.

DEAR IYANYA, PLEASE HAVE YOU FADED? – J.N.Ifesinachi

We didn’t feel the usual Iyanya in that single. We heard the voice of a drowning man, a broken voice, nagging, complaining.

Nigeria is the only country where you can blow, unblow and turn to an upcoming artiste

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Fela, Brymo and Lagos

Music is beyond sound. For me, music is a medium through which the mind reflects upon difficult things in simple rhythmical ways.

In Africa, the function of music is beyond its aesthetic value. For instance, music is usually integral to the success of a ritual. The content or lyrics of the songs are steeped in wise sayings and usually pass across moral messages.

It is well known that most contemporary Nigerian musicians do not practice this function even though they are aware of the point that music in Africa is beyond “art for art sake” alone.

I will not bother you with the history of music in Africa or Nigeria. I will just discuss Fela’s “Monday Morning in Lagos” and Brymo’s “Eko”.

 

‘Lagos’ is a spectacle that attracted  Fela and Brymo at different points in time. Lagos, also known as ‘Eko’ has its capital in the city of Ikeja. It is a city that is host to about 20million people and is the official economic capital of Nigeria. The city is known for being the site to witness both intense pleasure and poverty. The current governor of the state is Governor Akinwumi Ambode. Due to an increase in rural- urban migration, there has been a reduction in the agrarian mode of life among the people. Banky W in “Ebute Metta”, Olamide in “Lagos City”, and others have sang about the city of Lagos. However, my focus is on Fela and Brymo’s view of Lagos in their songs.

Lagos

Fela in the song “Monday Morning in Lagos” lives in a kind of Lagos that is ruled based on mood. Each day lived in Lagos has a specific kind of mood. People’s attitude to you depends on the day of the week you find yourself in Lagos. For instance, Fela sings that a landlord that doesn’t want trouble from his tenant will not ask for rent on a Monday morning

Regardless of the mood, be it calm, tense, festive, there is still one quality that cannot be taken away from Lagos which is its rush and restlessness. It is this haste that Fela embodies when he sings,

Eko o ni gba gba ku gba.

One would expect this kind of Lagos that has a “mood for everyday” to pass with time, especially considering when the song was sang. But when one listens to Brymo’s “Eko”, the beginning of the beat ushers one into the high-life of Lagos. However in Brymo’s case, he is more concerned with the part Fela refers to as the “relaxation mood” for any individual in Lagos-that would be Saturday and Sunday:

Satiday la fin da ti ba ba l’ eko,

Ojo Sunday, la fin m’ oti aye…

Brymo underscores the point that for one that does not take caution during that mood of relaxation in Lagos, such an individual may regret the adventure of relaxation in Lagos. A consequence of this mood is usually the temptation to splurge. For an individual who doesn’t apply discretion, he may regret his actions the following day. This is what Brymo suggests as he pleads to Eko in the lines,

Eko, no let me go.

He pleads to Eko not to let him splurge and forget that the next day is a working day.

Essentially, these two musicians  warn about the danger of throwing caution to the wind in Lagos city.

If you plan on visiting Africa on a holiday, take a trip to Lagos and visit the African Shrine. That is the historic site where Fela used to stage his protest songs in the 90s. Do not get lost in the city; I would love to get your feedback on Lagos. Wishing you a safe journey. Hit the like button if you found this post useful and do not be stingy. Kindly share with others.