I heard that NBC banned Dbanj’s new song. I am asking myself if it is a gimmick or for real. Then I see it in the newspapers and I am thinking to myself ‘I know these people are retards, but are they this retarded? In writing this, I really do not care whether it meets you well or not. I do not care if your hero is bashed. I just want to talk and I am almost sure you will not read this through.
I will begin by saying that I have not heard the song. Halfway through this work, I will stop and hear the song. I do this because I want to capture my exact emotions before and after. First thing is that I am not sold out to any of these performers. I listen to some songs and I actually like some. That is not the issue here. Majority of it is the same beat with varied idiotic rants.
The issue is that some people are pretending that they have just woken up to the permissive society we have created for ourselves and the generations following us. We often claim that the youths of today are slaves of Facebook and Twitters, Brazilian hair and Blackberry Messenger etc. What we are not saying is that the teenagers in our homes have no way of affording these things we list. We are the ones financing them. And we turn around and cry when they fail SSCE. NBC has always been there and they have often come out to ban songs. It is not a Nigerian phenomenon. I recall the songs of American band 2LiveCrew. Some of their songs were banned in the USA. Back in the university I recall one Paul Hardcastle whose song about Vietnam War was banned because of his lines, ‘In America, the average age of a combat soldier was 26, in Vietnam it was 19’. In Nigeria, I recall that Zulezoo’s song ‘Kerewa’ was banned for being too suggestive even if the song condemned adultery in the lines ‘two people wey God join together, na adultery na im put dem asunder’. I hear now that 2Shot had a song banned recently because of the use of ‘alomo’. Now I have not heard the song. ‘Alomo’ is the name of an alcoholic drink but you can be sure that some twist must have been introduced to the song that would have added to the meaning of the expression and attracted the attention of NBC. That brings us to the first issue.
Many of the singers we hear have a way of creating innuendos. Of all the genres I know, fuji singers are the most mischievous. Virtually everything has an underlying meaning very different from the surface and very obscene. References to oranges (breasts), pestle (penis), mortar (vagina), Bakassi (buttocks), cowbell (breasts), konga (vagina)… the list is endless. When Dbanj showed up on the scene, he introduced ‘koko’ and ‘kokolet(s)’. When the heat built up, he said ‘kokolet’ means beautiful women. I remember reading a piece where he said ‘kokolet meant a beautiful woman like his mother. I cannot vouch that the reporter was quoting him right. If he said that, then it is really unfortunate. Anyone who has been at his show knows that the mannerism that accompanies his mention of ‘koko’ leaves nothing to imagination. He signals to his groin, holding the microphone up like an erect phallus, working his waist forward and backward. This he does as he asks the audience, ‘do you want the koko?’ That was a way to get out of the logjam. ‘Koko’ clearly means his penis.
While we were dealing with that, Dagrin (RIP) appeared on the scene and introduced the lines in Yoruba that could be transcribed like this, ‘My Daddy has gone to Lokoja/ will you come play with me/ on the bed or on the rug/ or we could spread a mat,’ and followed with a refrain ‘ my mummy is not home, daddy is not home, I am alone at home, come and receive KONDO/ come and see commando’. The song spread fast. No one was in doubt what he was saying. Even children understood. Then the heat built up and people wanted to know what this meant. On Teju Babyface’s show, Dagrin was asked what KONDO meant; he really had nothing intelligent to say. We do not speak disrespectfully of the dead in Nigeria. But the only people who benefited from the young man’s misfortune are his colleagues who made collaborations in his honour. Then they began to dedicate every unfortunate contraption they came up with to his memory. They just made money. I worry differently for him. When he stands before God, will he sing Him that song?
But all these really amounted to intros when a new crop of musicians appeared on the scene. One of them is the pastor’s son called Terry Gee. He has completely redefined the world of obscenity. In one song, the number of times he mentions ‘obo’ (which is the Yoruba word for vagina) is countless. He has disciples of course. The following names are common for their use of mind blowing vulgarity Damoshe, Scaley, Danny Young and Zee World. One of the songs from this bloc of singers says, ‘meji l’onyan, okan l’oko’ (breasts are two, penis is one). Now hear this. Kids sing these songs in front of their helpless parents. This is the musical society we have spawned for ourselves. I am told that the girls love these songs more. There is no point wondering why rape takes the pride of place among these youths? Another singer that takes me to the next issue is the one called St Janet.
The songs, when they are released, prey a lot on the curiosity of the listening public. Everything is done to create hype in order to attract attention. When St. Janet debuted, she grabbed attention by distorting age-old Christian songs and rhythms, attaching new lewd meanings to them all. For instance, the Christians sing, ‘O ko mi yo,’ to mean,’ God rescued me’ was twisted it to mean, ‘my penis was exposed/came to view’. Yoruba speakers will better understand the magnitude of damage she does to the psyche of Christian minors as well as the deep-seated disgust genuine Christians feel. Most Christian leaders have wisely ignored her. She has patronage of course. She was accused of singing bad songs and she responded that people who condemn her listen to the songs. This is true but this still does not justify her. I have sat with colleagues as they enjoyed listening to her. Beyond that, I have had a different thought in my mind. Notice that all of her creating energy is directed at Christian songs. This will not make the Muslim listener feel threatened or insulted. I am wondering. What if those songs were patterned after popular Islamic songs and rhythms. Ha! Okay, you get the picture. I doubt if she would not be hiding for her life by now.
Radio stations in Nigeria play disgusting songs. I am listening to some now on Cool FM (9pm -10pm, Friday September 2, 2011) and the presenter is yelling out ‘club mix, club mix’. I am mentioning the time and date so that anyone can check. If the songs are ‘club mix’, why is he playing them on public radio with minors listening? Many of the videos we see on TV are hopeless. I particularly wonder about the women and all their noise about ‘dignity of the woman’. There appears nothing wrong in the case of musicals where women are more than half-naked and dancing with over-dressed male artistes. You do not see the idiocy in this until you imagine a female artiste singing fully dressed with boys wearing only pants dancing for her. When is this going to happen? Why do we do sex-dance for kids with all the shaking of buttocks and the suggestive actions? General Obasanjo once invited Awillo Lagunba to a state event with girls who danced like the devil was their father. I wondered then if they would be called to do those dance steps and sing words we do not understand. At a state sponsored event! Then we also hosted Brenda Fassie. We love her no doubt. Her popular song, which she brought us, we did not understand. Interpreted, it meant ‘leave me alone to live my life. The life she spoke about resulted in her sniffing cocaine that they suspected had been tampered with. She died of brain damage.
Hear what the artiste Ruggedman is reported by The Vanguard (Friday, September 2, 2011). ‘The truth is that the person that banned this song will hear this song till he is sick of it. He will hear it at almost every party he goes to. He will hear it from the cars that will drive past him. He will hum the melody even in his sleep. He’ll probably record his own version of the Oliver Twist video sef. Lol. He is doing his job, so let us allow him to exercise his power. It’s allowed. God bless him and his hustle. No long thing.’ Now, how you react to this tells you how deranged you are. Ruggedman tells you it does not matter what you think. He cares nothing about the family values you are trying to protect and enthrone in your home. See, replace the person who banned this song with the names of your kids and see what he is telling you. Whatever you like, do. I hear Dbanj says, ‘they don’t hawk garri but people buy it’. I cannot vouch for the authenticity. He may not have said it but it sure captures what they care about you and your wife and your effort to protect your children. Beyond Oliver Twist, they do not care if they twist your life or those of your children.
Of course, Nigerians have opinions. One of the opinions is what you are reading. That is if you have not become angry and gone off to something more attractive. We have a way of citing other examples of stink when the one we enjoy is squashed. People ask ‘what about this person, what about that person?’ One Adio Idowu commented on the Vanguard article. He said, ‘Is it only this song d@t ‘ny@sh’ is mentioned, y r we m@king issue of this fu**, w@t e we going 2 s@y of terry g nd@ll oder @rtiste song. 4 me NBC is losing it’. This is exactly how he typed it. Now, we will forget his horrid language and focus on his message. He is saying, if we cannot do anything about all of them, we should let them be. I would have bought this but I did not grow up in the gutter. Samuel Otu said, ‘what did you tink of this banned?’ Now, who was asking why they do not pass English at SSCE? Ogoliegbune says, ‘To be honest, I have heard that song a million times and don’t see any reason it should be banned. Joblessness.’ But Zlurene has a different response from Ogoliegbune. Says, ‘Thank God some of our leaders have enough presence of mind to recognize the level of decadence in our entertainment industry. Let other sectors take a cue.’ The question I ask you is, who would you let into your house to interact with your kids, Ogoliegbune or Zlurene? OpeyemiAhmed is more dismissive. Says, ‘My people to candid with you what dbanj has done is rubbish. He can’t sing a good song.’
This is just one forum and people would like to defend their blocs and constituencies. However, these comments are useful because they give insights to the thought and sensibilities of the people who listen to the songs. You might now wonder. What did he actually say in that song that is causing the furore? The newspaper reporter who wrote the article in The Vanguard (Adekunle Aliyu) says, ‘The video musical by Dbanj made mention of Omotola Jolade’s buttocks in his new song ‘I like Omotola, her y*nsh is bigger’. Of course Omotola’s fans expect her, if Dbanj was really talking about her, to fire back at him. If hse does, it would only be Season 3 and certainly not the finale. Well, let us not forget that Dbanj worked for PDP during the election. Jonathan called him a youth ambassador. Jonathan also called South West leaders in ACN ‘rascals’. His mentor, the General Olusegun Obasanjo (former military Head of State and former Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander of all Armed and Unarmed forces; as well as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ruling PDP and holder of a Diploma, or is it a degree, in Theology from NOUN) called the General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (Former Military President and former Commander in Chief of Armed and Unarmed Forces and the man who helped get OBJ out of prison, dusted him up and installed him President) a fool at 70. So why should it surprise anyone if Dbanj was talking about Omotola’s butts?
Your reaction is yours and you can write a rejoinder to this. But only bear in mind that there is more at stake than music. The damage done by the song ‘Yahooze’ by Olu Maintain is still felt by travellers who encounter foreigners who see the song as institutionalizing ‘Advance Fee Fraud’. Cobhams and some others had to come up with ‘Maga No Need Pay’ when Kennis Music sponsored Kelly Handsome came up with “Maga don pay, shout halleluyah’. Was it also not Kennis Music that sponsored ‘Yahooze’? The fact that NBC kept mute over these damaging songs is why some people feel there is bias. NBC banned ‘Konga’ by Konga but did nothing about Dbanj’s where he blatantly says, ‘every night she’s sucking me, every night she’s fucking me … koko yato si koko’. Some people will say that is not what he said but we know what we hear. Akon had a song in two versions. One he says, ‘I wanna love you love you, you already know.’ In the club version, he sings, ‘ I wanna fuck you, fuck you, you already know’. In Nigeria, we play the club version for kids. The question I want to ask is, must the dementia of a few persons be allowed to hold children to ransom?
What I will say here may offend you but if it is true, hit the roof alone and come back down. The Hausa have mature songs but their societies are not permissive enough to allow these songs to openly thrive and threaten the sanity of their children. Calabar people are said to be promiscuous. We hardly know songs that propagates this, except of course those ethnic contraptions by KC Presh. I do not think anyone has found them significant enough to bother to translate them. The Edo are culture bound and God help you if you sing obscenities in Edo, Ishan, or Urhobo. The Igbo society loves songs. But when I spend vacations there I am amazed that songs like ‘Yori Yori’ and ‘Ada Owerri’ do not get anything you could really call airplay. For many, the new jazzed up version of Osadebey’s ‘Osondi Owendi’ is offensive. So what goes on air? More of traditional music and gospel music in English and Igbo as well as classics. I still hear Mary McKee, Don Williams, K C and the Sunshine Band, Manhattans, Abba, Smokey, Majek Fashek and Bongos Ikwue. I am not saying they do not play new songs or hip-hip. I am saying they do not come anywhere near ruling the airwaves.
Here in the South West, I commend their love for their own traditional genres: juju, apala, fuji, senwele, etc. But the airwaves belong to the younger artistes. I also find that of all Nigerian languages, Yoruba is the easiest to fuse with hip-hop, makossa and reggae. Zaki and Darey Art Alade have done songs in Hausa with varying levels of success. This is very difficult to accomplish in Igbo which flows more naturally with highlife. And of all the Nigerian societies, there is none more inundated with this scourge of lewd music than the Yoruba speaking areas. Skin me if you want but that is what I have found. The question I ask is this. Why do we sit back and allow this to happen? Why do we then get mad when someone steps up to clean the mess? Fashola says, ‘don’t display pornography on the street of Lagos’. He did not say don’t buy, acquire, borrow or watch. Is it too hard for us to say, listen to whatever you want but don’t bring into the open ANYTHING, ANYTHING, ANYTHING, ANYTHING that has the potential or suggestiveness to compromise the innocence of the younger generation. Is it too hard?
Some would ask, is this about Christianity. I will answer no. There is gospel music as a genre and there is Christian music. If you didn’t know, now you know. This is not judgemental; it is only based on the expected of the Christian community of the people they allow to minister to them. Let me say it again. The Christian community allows for anyone that wants to sing Gospel to do so. Beyonce, Elvis Prestley, Kenny Rogers, Boney M, Whitney Houston and so many others have recorded Christmas albums. They have a right to do so. But they are not doing the Christians any favour that the latter would ever acknowledge. They may not even play the songs. Why so? Because the Christian community expects some more from people THEY ALLOW TO MINISTER TO THEM. This is why they appear to judge musicians. Every time someone rises, and Christians support him, the integrity of Christianity is at stake and Christians see it as their responsibility to support the singer (who is also a minister) and help him/her to live what he/she sings. This is the reason artistes like Kenny St Brown, Bouqui, (and who was that who sang Lele), Tunde and Wunmi Obey, Yinka Ayefele, Oritz Wiliki, Jeremiah Gyan, Beenie Man etc are considered singers in the Gospel genre but are hardly invited to sing in Christian concerts (not counting the ones organized by their churches). Now forget that thing Kennis Music does at the Beach at Easter. That is also why Kenny St Brown finds her audience in Clubs as her videos would show. Ask yourself which names come to mind when you plan a Christian concert. Here are a few: Midnight Crew, Infinity, Buchi, Eben (who many of us do not know), and Lara George. In the Christmas of 2010, Cool FM’s Praise Jams featured Ron Kenoly. Now they are asking people to call in and say who they want. If I called in, I would ask for Ray Boltz, Phil Driscoll, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Kirk Franklin, or Nicole Mullen. Call in and say Beyonce and see the response you get.
This is not about Christianity but if it is what helps us to protect the younger generation, then let it be about Christianity.
Finally, listening to the song, these are my standpoints
i. There is nothing special about the song, there is nothing striking or novel about it. It is just like the tepid movie District ( that Dora Akunyili made noise about and helped boost its sale in Nigeria
ii. Three minutes and fifty-seven seconds of something that sounded more like swing than what Nigerians would usually dance to. But it is still Dbanj! DJs may play it because it is Dbanj. If I played it as a DJ, I would play it out of compassion. It might just sound wonderful to other listeners, let’s not forget..
iii. It disses someone. It might be difficult to say if it is Omotola. He does say someone’s yansh is bigger, and does also say he likes Omotola because people like her. It comes down hard on the person he is dissing. He may want to explain that himself. I wouldn’t know who among the persons he mentioned has the ‘bigger’ bottom. Each time I see them on TV, I concentrate on their faces. Wherever Dbanj is looking is his headache.
iv. It is structurally deficient, because it misrepresents Oliver Twist both as a novel and as a character. This is problematic for a generation that has forgotten how to read and depends on hear-say. Somewhere in the minds of the kids, Oliver Twist will now become some sort of Casanova. Dbanj’s confession is that he likes and wants all these women (Beyonce, Rihanna, Omotola, Genevieve,Toyin Buari) which makes him an Oliver Twist for wanting more and them all, even though ‘I know it’s wrong’. On a personal note, if he says he secretly longs for them all, he only speaks his emotions. If he is Roman Catholic, it is a new dimension in Confessions.
By extention, let me tell you the damage by way of analogies.
Example #1
(‘The evil that men do lives after them, the good is often interred with their bones’- Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar. )
Nigerians often say, ‘the evil that men do live with them’. This is not nearly what the text means. It must be interpreted in full. Caesar was dead, murder by his foes among whom was his bosom friend Brutus. Mark Anthony only meant that when a man dies, only the evil he did is remembered by people. The good he did are buried with his bones.’ Does that come close to what you have always read?
Example #2
(‘The end justifies the means.’ Machiavelli in The Prince.)
This passage is often interpreted to mean that whatever means you used to get a thing is justified, as long as you have got it. Although this is an accurate interpretation, the writer meant the exact opposite. His message to the Prince is that the means MUST justify what you get. If the means is armed robbery, your end, the jeep, CANNOT be justified.
So let us do damage control next.
Please tell the children that Oliver did not want more sex of female company. He only wanted more food to keep from starving. Older listeners may understand what Dbanj was inferring but please let us not compromise the younger generation.
As for the ban, if it is for reason of big yansh, then it is only a ruse aimed at selling the record.
Are you still there?



  1. dada ayodele said,

    I really fear for my unborn kids.

  2. Oluwatobi Banjo said,

    C. J. sincerely you said it the way it should be said. We Yorubas are really losing it. The last few shows Dipo Dina attended was a show by St. Janet so he danced to ‘…Oko mi yo…’ and am sure he’s also dancing to that beat while explaining to God and his angels why the angel’s song of praise now gives young teenagers hard-on. Its a problem with our leaders, they sold us then and they’re still selling us. EXCLUSIVE: GEJ was recording his own Twisted Oliver before Boko Haram decided to twist the UN building.
    C J am angry with you oh. This is supposed to be duplicated where I told you. I might have to do it myself oh.s are really losing it. The last few shows Dipo Dina attended was a show by St. Janet so he danced to ‘…Oko mi yo…’ and am sure he’s also dancing to that beat while explaining to God and his angels why the angel’s song of praise now gives young teenagers hard-on. Its a problem with our leaders, they sold us then and they’re still selling us. EXCLUSIVE: GEJ was recording his own Twisted Oliver before Boko Haram decided to twist the UN building.
    C J am angry with you oh. This is supposed to be duplicated where I told you. I might have to do it myself oh.

  3. sobo hefe said,

    Hmmm, which way Nigeria,which way τ̲̅ȍ go. Plenty plenty nonsense being condoned in dis our obodo Nigeria. Chineke God helep us.

  4. Tony IKEM said,

    C J, I commend your efforts and am so proud to know you. Things are really getting out of hands on all fronts…..I am afraid for the future!

  5. Tony IKEM said,

    Gathered the material in question was not banned after all, probably a ruse to get attention for the material …..It is really ugly…where do we start to clear the mess from……

  6. anon said,

    Itrs either you are quite young or have a short memory. Where were you when Sunny Ade, Obey, Orlando Owoh etc were singing lewd songs? Yoruba has always been accommodating to sexuality, and it is unjust to condemn the contemporary musicians for it.

  7. Lawrence Umoren said,

    Am on all fours with you that the level of moral decadence is alarmingly on the increase. Those who should lead the way are themselves suffering from Moral Deficiency Syndrome ( MDS). I wouldn’t have been too bothered if there was any safe guards put in place to shield children from this scourge of corruption of public morals. If we do not act now, then Sodom and Gomorrah is only a stone throw away.

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