Long before we had Burna boy or Mr. Eazi, we had songs with local spice. Even though they didn’t have the greatest lyrics, they made us dance. And some even had moral instructions for us. Part of me wishes we had the adult version of these songs that made childhood a lot more bearable. I keep wondering: What happened to them? Where did they go? Give me a name.
1) Wherever you go.
Do not say YES where you need to say NO. This is the most adult instruction eight year old me didn’t know he needed to hear. Next time someone from work asks me to do something I don’t want to do, I am just going to sing this song to them.
2) Paw paw.
Stay with me here. Paw paw is a kind of fruit, sweet like sugar, yellow like Fanta, everyone loves paw paw. The confidence of these lyrics is how I want to approach adult life. Because it must be crack.
3) Parents listen to your children.
We already know this one failed to do its job because Nigerian parents surely do not listen to their children. And with the age range of our president and politicians, we are definitely not the leaders of tomorrow. But the song made us happy sha.
4) Some have food.
Ah. Take me back to the time where my biggest worry was “Jesus come and eat, Satan go away.” These days we don’t even bless the food, we just eat it.
5) Holiday is coming.
The adult version should be “Holiday is coming, holiday is coming, no more 5 am alarms, no more Slack messages, goodbye employer, goodbye capitalism, I am going to spend my jolly one month leave. One month leave.”
6) Home my Home.
When shall I see my home, when shall I see my native fowl? I will never forget my home! – Me singing this song from Canada.