From the days of Fela until now, numerous Nigerian artists have sang songs about societal ills in Nigeria.
Some of these songs address the issues the country is plagued with now, mostly political.
However, some talk about personal problems. While others face domestic issues.
Here’s 8 songs that address problems in Nigeria:
8) Burna Boy – Yawa
Yawa is the song for the lower class in the society, the ones at the runt of the ladder. Yes, on the surface, its seemingly about Burna Boy‘s musical journey.
But, listening to the lyrics closely will shed light on the fact that he mentioned police brutality, and a number of problems the poor man experiences in Nigeria.
7) Omawumi – If You Ask Me
Omawumi advocates against rape, incest, and domestic violence with this song.
She narrates a story of child abuse and rape in If You Ask Me, depicting her shock concerning such issues.
Then she encourages victims of rape or domestic violence to speak up, “before it’s too late.”
6) Asa – Fire on the Mountain
In Fire on the Mountain, Asa highlights almost every social issue; from military brutality, rape, adultery to massacres, and more.
Listening to this song will give you food for thought.
5) This is Nigeria
Falz deconstructed every problem in his country, expressing his displeasure for the many wrongs that happen in Nigeria.
“This is Nigeria, everybody be criminal,” alludes to the fact that everyone is out for themselves, doing wrong things with no consequences (if they can get away with it).
Jungle Story might be his most current song about Nigeria’s situation but Mathematics expressed the issues perfectly.
In Mathematics, Sound Sultan states that the “Jagbajantis” Mathematics Nigerian politicians calculate sets the country up for ruin.
He also speaks about the struggles citizens go through to leave the country.
3) Lagbaja – Surulere
Lagbaja laments about Nigeria’s politics, from the days of military rule to democracy.
He begs everyone to be patient, telling them that all will be well in the end. But, he also criticizes the bad governance.
Nothing has changed in Nigeria since the song was released. Everything is still as bad, perhaps even worst.
2) African China – Mr President
Every Nigerian can relate with African China‘s frustration with the country.
In Mr President, he beseeches people in every strata of Nigeria’s democracy to lead citizens well, including: Mr President, senators, and the police.
1) Fela Anikulapo Kuti – Suffering and Smiling
Suffering and Smiling remains relevant, even in present times.