In a country where youths, who make up more than half of the population, are faced with challenges like unemployment, police brutality, suppression, and political voicelessness, maintaining motivation and nurturing the ‘Nigerian Dream’ for the nation’s success demand unwavering effort.
It’s not surprising that a recent survey by the Africa Polling Institute revealed that a staggering 69 percent of Nigerians would relocate abroad if given the chance.
Interestingly, amid mounting challenges, young people have turned to music for both solace and inspiration. In 2022, Spotify, an online streaming platform, ranked Nigeria as the second country with the highest musical streams, just after Pakistan.
While melodies and lyrical rhythms can mesmerize a listener, there are moments when a song woven with a symphony of sound, fused with profound lyrical meaning, not only captures our hearts but also ignites our belief in ourselves and the boundless possibilities of our nation. ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last,’ a collaboration between the Advertising Association of Nigeria (AAAN) and the legendary musician Cobhams Asuquo, is precisely one of those songs.
Released on October 1, 2023, as Nigeria celebrated 63 years of independence, ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’ is not just another track; it’s an anthem that every Nigerian youth must listen to.
Here are five reasons why you should listen to the song.
1. Empowering Message of Resilience
In a time when challenges appear insurmountable, ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’ stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of Nigeria and its youth. The song’s message of resilience and determination serves as a rallying cry for all young Nigerians confronting various obstacles.
As Cobhams Asuquo passionately proclaims, “From the East to the West, we no dey carry last. From the North to the South, you go see say we get mouth,” he serves as a poignant reminder that Nigeria is a nation that has repeatedly triumphed over adversity.
2. Celebrating Nigerian Achievements
One of the most remarkable facets of ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’ is how it commemorates the achievements of Nigerians across various domains. From music to sports, the song spotlights the extraordinary successes of Nigerians, both at home and on the global stage.
“We dey ball, we dey ball like Okocha or Asisat Oshoala, Agba baller, and we still carry Shola. We no dey carry last,” croons Cobhams.
In a playful yet insightful tone, Cobhams ingeniously juxtaposes the popular Jollof rice banter with the accomplishments of Nigerian musicians on the global stage.
“Na we get Jollof rice, Oyibo get pasta, but we leave am for them, cos we know get superstars – Burna, Wiz, and Davido.”
3. Reinforcing National Unity
In a diverse and multicultural nation like Nigeria, unity is of paramount importance. ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’ conveys a unifying message that transcends ethnic, religious, and regional boundaries. It reminds us that we are all integral to the same Nigerian dream, and together, we can surmount any challenge.
“So raise your hand wherever you are, two fingers Naija, if you love Naija.”
4. Encouraging Self-Belief
‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’ encourages young Nigerians to have unwavering faith in their abilities and dreams. Cobhams Asuquo’s compelling vocals and the song’s inspiring lyrics serve as a constant reminder that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to.
“We are everything we are. We have come very far – Naija No Dey Carry Last”
Steve Babaeko, President of the AAAN, believes that recognizing the numerous feats that the country has achieved could be the driving force for citizens to propel Nigeria to greater heights despite governmental shortcomings.
“At a time when Nigeria faces what appear to be insurmountable challenges, it is imperative for us to acknowledge and reflect on our achievements in various fields as Nigerians. In music and film, Nigeria consistently sets the pace for the African continent. Only by acknowledging how far we’ve come in music and other sectors can we find the motivation to believe that, together, we can achieve even more,” he stated.
5. A Call to Be Agents of Change
The song’s release on Independence Day is profoundly symbolic. It serves as a poignant reminder of the role each young Nigerian plays in shaping the nation’s future. ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’ urges us to actively participate in Nigeria’s development, collectively addressing the issues confronting our country.
“Belief and hope are what the ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’ song aims to inspire, particularly among the youth of Nigeria. This is our country, and we must not lose hope,” emphasizes Steve Babaeko.
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