Foremost Nigerian songwriter, composer and musician, Beautiful Nubia has pointed out that democracy, as being practised in Nigeria cannot produce honest leadership. He made the disclosure via his Facebook page while responding to a private question asked by one of his young fans. “Young friend, I know you are reading this. As promised, here is my public answer to your private question”, Beautiful Nubia wrote.
Below is the full response of Beautiful Nubia, the multi-award winning artiste whose real name is Segun Akinlolu:
There is no truth to democracy as practised today; there is no transparency, and honest leadership cannot come from a process driven by how much money each candidate has raised and who is able to avoid scandal the most. This crap has been shipped all over the world and any honest student of world affairs would admit that it is not working anywhere, at least not for the average citizen. Unfortunately, the so-called common person is his/her own worst enemy. Slaves to the superficial and to hype, fearful of losing whatever little comfort we have, and driven by the needs our bellies, we refuse to make the sacrifices necessary to bring true change and positive growth.
The greatest epidemic sweeping through Africa is that of greed and selfishness, a twin-headed monster that has turned many of the people into an unkind and unrecognizable caricature of what their ancestors were. The crassest form of capitalism and ineffective, poorly borrowed governance models have created several generations of increasingly corrupt minds and an environment in which everyone grabs for himself and cares not if the next person has any hope; a situation in which present consumption is more important than securing and planning for the future.
We have impoverished the people, starved them of the right kind of education that leads to personal and communal development. We infect the children with the virus of backwardness and mediocrity by feeding them religious garbage and playing them negative music and retarded movies. Unfortunately, change will not drop from the sky, it will not come as an instant miracle delivered by prayers, it will not be a gift brought on a platter of silence. We are as poor as the poorest of us, and the richest of us is the one who deploys the best of his/her talent, energy and wherewithal to ensure we make this place better than we met it for those coming after us.
So, dear young friend, I refer you again to these songs from several Beautiful Nubia albums – OHUN OJU NRI, THE PATH, LOCUST SEASON, KEERE O!, ROAD TO REDEMPTION, THE PEOPLE ARE READY, BABA MIMỌ, MA BA WỌN SỌ, AWILELE, OMINIRA, MATTERS ARISING, O YA O!, TABLES TURN, SPIRIT OF A NEW GENERATION, KILỌKILỌ, EVERYBODY KNOWS, KURUNMI IS ON THE WAY, REVOLUTION TIME, OWOLAMỌ, SOMEONE LIKE BIKO, OHUN MẸRIN, ỌMỌAGBA, SILENT NO MORE, OUTSIDER, YỌ’WỌ, TEN LASHES, ONE GOOD SOUL, MO WI TEMI, ATỌNISỌNA, RALLY, GẸDẸGBẸ, GOODFELLA, BẸRIWỌN, AWOKỌṢE, ỌJỌ TUNTUN, and so on.
They are not lamentations; they proffer solutions. These and many others recorded and released over the years sum up my reflections on the past and the present; and guidelines and hopes for the future. They are not free, you will have to pay for them. And then share the lessons learned with others.
Do not waste your time and youthful energy listening to all these folks on social media yapping support for this or that party/candidate – they’ve either been paid, hope to be paid or are just plain stupid and ignorant. And it would do you a world of good not to take guidance from all those corrupt social activists, religious leaders, entertainment celebrities, royal fathers/mothers and political analysts acting out the scripts of their masters and mistresses in high places.
In the midst of all the murkiness, there is a tiny ray of hope: you and other young ones like you who seek the path of true liberation and growth for the society. I am watching you as you go. Tread gently; stand firm. Even one good soul is a blessing to the community.