Now more than ever, the internet is often awashed with sordid stories of domestic violence between spouses. This very demeaning act of domestic violence invariably tantamounts to divorce of married couples as witnessed these days. And this trend is rather disheartening. It scares the heck out of those at the brink of marriage. It rattles me!
It’s however subject to empirical prove that social media abates the breakdown of marriages in this millennia. Or do we spare the thought that marriages of yester years were nothing different, only that victimized spouses became more vocal with the aid of the internet and social media. One of the following assertions wouldn’t be far from the truth.
How much of Nigerian music condemns domestic violence?
So I sat down to think of how much of Nigerian music is used to speak against a societal problem like domestic violence. I could barely mention five songs right off the bat. Even after much brainstorming I couldn’t get five. You’ll barely hear of such type of music not to mention it gaining mainstream acceptance. Suffice it to say, very little of Nigerian music condemns acts domestic violence.
On the contrary the Nigerian artistes dole out an avalanche of party and feel good music. Bad thing is, our celebrity marriages/relationships hit a meltdown faster than the glaciers in the Antarctica. Classic examples are marriages of celebrities like Tiwa Savage, Toke Makinwa and part-time singer Tonto Dike. As the days go by more reports of acts of domestic violence are registered on the internet. Yet Nigerian artistes almost and always ignore the opportunity music affords them to fight vices like domestic violence.
Dear artistes can you all do more to stop acts of domestic violence
Fela once said ‘Music is a weapon’ can our Nigerian artistes wake up to that truth. Making music which condemns domestic violence is less damning than trying to organize a protest against a failed government.
If our favorite Nigerian artiste can condemn this rising societal vice we will be better for it.
All hope is not lost, yes we have some songs made to condemn acts of domestic violence and gender equality.
Let’s take a look
Waje – So Inspired
Who else would be in a better position to make music condemning domestic violence and promoting gender equality? It must be Waje. As far back as 2010 she dropped that song which was supposed to speak against this societal ill.
2Face x Waje x Ice Prince – 50/50
2Baba combines forces with Nigerian songstress Waje and rapper Ice Prince to make this song. 50/50 as it is aptly titled makes a bargain for gender equality between the male and female gender.
Cobhams Asuquo x Falz – Boosit
Ace producer made a conscious song in Boosit. Falz gallantly dived into the issue of acts of domestic violence invariably his second verse on the track. It’s nice to hear stuff like this but then the don’t transcend into a mainstream consciousness.
Korede Bello – Let Him Go
Surprisingly, the Mavin Records act spoke about the issue in a light and entertaining manner. Bottom line the song makes a call that ladies break free from abusive relationships. I also feel it applies to the male folks too.