Music Video: Nigerian Govt. Hear The Voice Of The Masses – By Aduke

This video is a must-watch for all lovers of Nigeria at this crucial time, with lyrics like: Give us light, water, and good roads to commute. We were the ones that elected you, therefore, hear the voice of the wailing masses – wailing for food, water, light, and shelter. Government we are ready for you… “Omo alaso ton wakisa, the things wey we get na him we dey suffer, oju npon roro roro, common man orowo repo…”

The Nigerian government would do well to hearken to the words of this music at this critical time in the history of the West African country.

Ayobamidele Aladekomo popularly known as Aduke is a Nigerian born performing artiste, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, dancer and actress. This talented lady is set to storm the world with a unique blend of artistry from the cradle of Scoale music.

She hails from Ekiti state, born to a dentist father and lawyer mother. She’s the last of two children, art is life for her and music is the core of her passion. Like she says, Her art is in her heart. At a very early age, she had passion for deep philosophical thoughts and words coupled with the love for rhythm. Music was not far fetched for her. Her low range voice and style of singing was not encouraged in the religious institution but she set out to be the brand she believed was real and appealing. SHe has basic training in theatrical practice. She heads a band named SSV (Sticks, strings and Voices) and debuted her first show in 2010, with Aduke and Fwendz ‘an evening of poetry and conscious music featuring Kafayat Quadri, Sage Has.son, Sistasoul, Adewale Oreshade’, She has performed at literary events and art festivals in Nigeria.

Aduke is a graduate of history and Strategic studies from the University of Lagos.

  1. T.GIRL Reply


    • Phetola Reply

      , let’s do so now by reviewing the seificpc quote you referred to – “Our culture is great and wonderful, but I think aspects of it were and have been manipulated into something grotesque and disreputable.”Nowhere did I state that our culture is THE cause of corruption. I did, however, attempt to point out that our culture, in my opinion, plays a part in the problem of corruption. Culturally, we are a very flamboyant people. I will even go as far as to say that we don’t encourage humility as a collective. We publicly flaunt our wealth and our prowess and exalt those who have such attributes, whether good or bad. While this might have been fine, back in the day, such an attitude can and does encourage a Keeping Up With The Joneses’ mentality where we strive to outdo each other. This can eventually lead to some individuals breaking the rules a little bit at a time in order to achieve the success they seek to portray to others. When Mr. A figures out how Mr. B broke the rules to build his fancy mansion and also notices that Mr. B. is not in jail, Mr. A will simply tell himself Man must chop’ and break a few rules himself. With that, the cycle begins.In general, our culture does not particularly encourage questioning our elders or those that must be treated with respect. What happens when those people are the same ones who empty the national coffers for their personal benefit and our national detriment? We all turn a blind eye and call them Alaye Baba’ when they drive by in their Maybachs despite the clear and obvious abuse of power. We all also notice that Alaye Baba is not in jail and flies between Lagos and Switzerland, where his kids are in boarding school and we think to ourselves, Man must chop’ and start chopping wherever and whenever we can.Anyway, despite your strong objection, I am not the first to acknowledge a link between culture and corruption. Studies in Italy have concluded that corruption is prevalent in cultures that encourage strong family relationships, coupled with other additional factors, of course. (Banfield (1958)) Additionally, other scholars have determined that corruption is also prevalent in cultures that place emphasis on financial achievement and/or success yet fail to provide adequate means to achieve such goals. (Sound familiar?) (SOCIAL THEORY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE by Merton, R. (1968)). Consequently, there is empirical data to support this last point and it can be found in Lipset, Seymour Martin, and Gabriel Salman Lenz, Corruption, Culture, and Markets, in Culture Matters, Lawrence E. Harrison, and Samuel P. Huntington, eds.Back to the quote you referred to, I also mentioned that aspects of our culture had been manipulated into something grotesque and disreputable. That implies that initially, there was a time when our culture did not have the aspects I now consider grotesque or disreputable. Where and when things went wrong, well please refer to my chicken vs. egg statement to Donzman. At no point was there even a hint of a suggestion that Nigeria’s culture is inferior to any other. It is simply unique and like all others has its negatives and positives. Again, my point is that aspects of who we are, culturally, contributed and continue to contribute to the menace that is Nigerian corruption. As to whether our various tribal cultures didn’t have problems before the British came, well that is clearly a discussion for another day. I can inform you that I am not convinced that we lived in a utopian society. I also, do not feel the need to blame anybody (I.e. Brits and other European colonialists) for the trouble we are in now. That of course, does not mean that there are no rational reasons to place blame on others for their actions or inactions. Despite this, regardless of who, how or why we have issues, the fact remains that we, and no one else, have these issues. Therefore, it is our responsibility to seek a solution. And that is all I am trying to do, seek a solution by first considering the possible factors that caused the malaise, in this case – corruption, in the first place.Like I mentioned before, please feel free to drop some knowledge on us.

  2. Ola abiodun Reply

    I’m fedup of this govt of a thing cos dey are using their power over us so it is time 2 live dis country.

  3. zakari ahmadu Reply


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