In many parts of the world, insecurity has long been used for songs by movements seeking social change and Nigerian government change.
In Nigeria, the likes of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and Ras Kimono, have been recognized for their protest music that still mirrors the reality of present-day Nigeria, decades after.
These artists have paved the way for a generation of socio-conscious musicians whose music matters so much right now.
This is a love song about Nigeria our Fatherland. Sunny Okosun in this song calls for the way out of corruption, inefficiency confronting the nation deeply showing concern and calling for a way to save the country
Nigerian songs that preach against insecurity in the country
Burna Boy – 20:10:20
African Giant, Burna Boy with pain in his heart hits the studio to pour out his emotions and came out with this record titled “20 10 20“.
This song is inspired by the Lekki Massacre that happened in Lagos on the 20th of October, 2020.
On this faithful day, peaceful Nigerian Youths were killed by the country’s military forces at the Lekki Toll-Gate at nightfall while they were performing their civil rights (peaceful protest).
May D – Stop Killing Us
Confam Entertainment boss and member of DMW/30 BG, Mr. May D leads his voice on the killings of innocent Nigerian citizens by the country’s leaders, Government, and men in power as he dishes out this Dante-produced song titled “Stop Killing Us“.
The recent Lekki Massacre which happened 20-10-20 and the existing illegal killings of future leaders with Police Brutality inspired May D to record this song.
This injustice baffled the melodious singer and he decided to lead his voice through what he knows how to do best, Music!
Fela – Sorrow, Tears & Blood
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Fela’s song is a perfect illustration of the police brutality still occurring today in Cameroon (and elsewhere).
I grew up under the totalitarian regime of Ahmadou Ahidjo and was subject to regular roundups in New-Bell Bonadibong, a popular pan-African district of Douala, the country’s economic capital.
Ras Kimono – Gimme Likkle Sugar
Gimme Likkle Sugar is a politically-conscious song recorded by Nigerian reggae musician Ras Kimono, from his 1988 debut studio album Under Pressure.
Falz – This is Nigeria
Falz’s ‘BAHD’ guy moniker has strong negative connotations, but according to the rapper, it’s actually an acronym for “Brilliant And Highly Distinct” and in the past couple of days, we’ve witnessed the fulfillment of this double-prophecy.
Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria,’ embodies the revolutionary and rebel spirit of Fela Anikulapo Kuti before him. Fela Kuti, the pioneer of the Afrobeat.
Ajebo Hustlers – Barawo
The song which ignited a campaign against jungle justice in Sub-Saharan Africa is produced by the multi-talented music producer/singer, 1da Banton.
The praised number talks about the extrajudicial killings in Africa, especially in Nigeria, and is housed on their forthcoming extended play titled, “Timeless”.
Eederis Abdukareem – Jaga Jaga
What time better than now to reminisce on the very controversial song “Jaga Jaga“ from Eedris Abdulkareem that put him at loggerheads with the then Nigerian president,
Olusegun Obasanjo, and eventually banned off radio waves by reason of its supposedly non-gratifying lyrics because they were subject to our nation’s goings-on.