Tosin: I mean ya’ll know I luh me some Brymo, and he has stayed true to many of the elements that are typical of his work. There is a critique, not of the government necessarily as we see in many Naija political songs, but of the people in Nigeria. He brings up the complacency that can sometimes be a side effect of a highly religious country, like Nigeria, by saying, “You can see how the people believe still….help from heaven will come soon”
Aida: The whole video broke my heart and dampened my mood. Like i really wasn’t ready. The most important line in the song is as Tosin noted …the help from heaven. People will legit not help themselves well let me say Nigerians will not help themselves and are willing to sit there and wait for manner from heaven to drop and make everything better. Come on people, you can have faith and still make moves on your own. Everything is falling apart around you and all you’re thinking is God will save us… nah boo boo God gave you legs and feet so you move yourself out of danger. Life isn’t what the movies make it out to be. Good topic but i did not expect to be affected this much by a mere video. The more i think about it the sadder and angrier i get.
Tonia: Mehn, as in it really feeds into that “misquoted” Bible passage that people are always claiming- Heaven helps those who help themselves. Please help yourself!! The part in which he sang, “Nobody ready to fight the fight,” resonated deeply with me. I remembered reading the news article of billions of Naira that was supposed to go towards buying supplies for the Nigerian army was stolen. This left the army troops to train in bathroom slipper and wearing their normal clothing (see link to full story below). Talk less of that, how about when one has finished fighting the war, only to return home and live in abject poverty with no hopes of bettering himself nor his family/future generations? Tell me, when will soldiers not desert the camp?! Mtchew, corruption will not kill us ooo.
Tosin: It’s in the soundtrack to a movie about the Boko haram attacks, and I just wanted to add that for such a big business that Nollywood and Afrobeats is, the strife in the North isn’t being reflected, and this is one of the very few songs that does, and I have to wonder if it would be in existence at all if not for the film
Tonia: On a side note though, the cinematography was fiyaaaa!!
Tosin: Why do Naija music videos always look better than our films tho?
Tosin: Quality wise, the song, to me, was perfection. In terms of music quality, message and video quality. I also love the perspective of following a single man through this chaos around him. He’s just observing, and he’s not particularly contributing to his environment. I wondered if he represents the first patient that the nurse is telling to keep still in the beginning of the video. Perhaps he has died, and his spirit is wandering the hospital. OR, he could represent the everyday Nigerian who is simply observing the chaos, and cannot assist in any way shape or form. However, he also changes “costume” to a bloodied Doctor and then to a patient who has been injured. I imagine we won’t know who these characters truly represent until we watch the movie. But it DOES seem like there is a dialogue between the 3 characters.
Aida: The song is catchy and the video did a good job of conveying what the artist’s message. It is really sad that this is the reality of Most Nigerians and sadly they are still waiting.
Final notes and ratings
Tosin’s rating: 9/10 – I. LUH. BRYMO, but apart from that, this was stand up acting on his part, and production quality, on the part of everyone else involved. It had a message, and the texture of his voice combined with the video itself gave that message a long lasting impact on the audience. It’s mad depressing, but it’s a truth that we need to face, and actively discuss how we can be rid of our complacency and do something. That being said, I’m kind of confused by the meaning of the phrase, “No good turn in the city” while I understand it is a play off the popular idiom “one good turn deserves another” my question then is, what exactly is Brymo trying to say? Is it that the city has done nothing good, therefore doesn’t deserve a good turn? I’s confused and that’s my only real issue. It makes me excited to see the movie 🙂
Aida’s Rating: 8/10. I like the song but it really messed with my mood and yea….that makes me uncomfortable.
Tonia’s Rating: 9.5/10- Like Aida said, the song makes one uncomfortable This is good, being uncomfortable is what leads to revolution and change. We are tired of the government treating us slaves in this neocolonial era we are in. Trampling all over our rights and figuratively selling us back to the Western powers it is clear that colonialism has not ended, thanks to input from people like African leaders, it has just been revised and re-modelled . It is about time for the Cheetah generation (African youth) to wake up, take agency, and improve our country (side note- Brymo is bae <3) (Juliana: No make I fight you my friend)