Friday, 7 October 2016

Bank Alert

I first saw the music video “bank alert” via a mobile phone, in Benin City while visiting a friend, and I loved the song, not because the song was a club banger for me, but because their comeback was good for the industry.

It was not the song, or the video concept, nor the array of stars in it, it was about the significance of their comeback in a time where the value of our cultural heritage is being swept aside by worthless intangibles. From Plantashun boys, to two of Nigerians most successful Music Stars Dbanj and Don Jazzy, separation in the music industry is no longer a new thing, but for two identical twins to go their separate, strikes a deep chord. I said to myself when the rumour broke out, this is not us, this is not the Nigerian spirit, and we are a family nation, a nation where families stick together come rain, come shine.

Their comeback meant more to me, maybe because it came in a time where the Nigerian music industry is now all about money and fame with little or no regard for virtues like Respect, Integrity, Humility etc. Music to me is supposed to be about enlightenment and entertainment. One without the other is an interesting or boring noise. Nigeria Music stars hold and plays a key role in the development of the future generation, due to the influence they posses, this is why you can rarely see a Blessing Okagbare or Kelechi Iheanacho pictures on our billboards when the likes of Tuface or Wizkid are everywhere. It was a sad observation that Olamide song “Story for the gods” was a rave,a song that i think encourages rape, irrespective of the contest that inspired the song or Davido’s contemptuous verse “Dele na my boy” in Falz Bahd, Badoo, Baddest and when you try to raise it as a topic of discussion among friends, they will like “hollop, wetin concern you?” this is not Nigeria, Nigeria respect elders, some cultures in Nigeria don’t look into their elders eyes or stand up straight when talking with them, heads down or squatting, as a sign of respect.
Irrespective of what may have transpired, I still don't think that Davido was right to sing a line like that Mr. Dele Momodu naim boy, even if it was a stunt to sell record. Just because you can take or do something, doesn’t mean you should. The message that song is grafting into the hearts of younger generation that they can insult their elders and still be celebrated. A part reason why I was happy that the Square brothers are back, as it sends a deeper message that blood is thicker than water and it’s not always about the Benjamin.

The gory details of their altercation I do not intend to dabble in, but I wish to commend both of them for their willingness to come to the settlement table, forgive each other, because it takes one to forgive, but two to reconcile.

Enjoy the song.


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