Davido’s latest Nwa Baby single has been the rave for weeks in the NIgerian music scene.
But some phrases in his lyrics may call for the attention of anti-misogynists and pro-feminists.
Lines like, ‘I’ll take you for the weekend, Many girls but you I choose (I choose you my boo o), will call for careful digestion. Because why would a man in love pointedly diminish a woman he loves by comparing her to other women he cares less about?
Before assuming this article is a loathing low-blow at Davido and other brilliant Nigerian artistes, it isn’t. We merely wish to call a spade a spade. By pointing out literally, misogynistic phrases from some popular Nigerian music.
For now, we’ll resolve on Davido’s Nwa Baby as the lines accompanying the alpha-male lines,
”And if I get you, girl, what will I do?
makes little sense literally. Knowing that hey, shaku-ing in celebration for a woman’s love is really deep.
Wizkid and Skepta’s collaboration on Bad Energy is a vibe for days. Bad Energy being on the type of vibe it’s on may permissibly be overlooked for certain phrases in its lyrics. Because really, why would a guy happily admit that,
”You heard I’m in the club, then my best advice
Is put your shoes on and come and get your wife
‘Cause we’ve been having sex just for exercise
Every night, man are doing sexercise”
and to make matters worse, this wife would look into the subject’s eyes ”mesmerised”. How charming and pity on her husband, who might be the subject’s sworn rival. Double blow.
Just like Bad Energy’s subject, Wande Coal’s So Mi So subject’s one whose preferences we might want to concern ourselves with:
”She want put it on the table (aah)
Give me some alebu (yeba)
Everytime she available (aah)”
Painting his woman of interest as a full-time satisfying robot does no justice to feminism or womanism.
The list goes on but today, we’ll stop here. If there are any lessons to be learnt with Nigerian music, it is a misrepresentation of intent in my opinion.
Love intents can really be equated for de-womanizing words or phrases. On a lighter note, las las, it’s really not that deep.
Nigerian pop culture music is both unique in sound and delivery and maybe Nigerian women understand to take offense to certain music they should.
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