Classical and opera singer based in the United States, Abiodun Koya has presented an album, ‘Lift Up Nigeria’, to the public.
According to Koya, the song is a wake-up call to all Nigerians, especially the youths to bring to fruition the works their founding fathers started.
She said the song was given to her in a dream by God, noting that it was inspired out of the innermost desire to see Nigerians speak positively with hope, courage and pride about the nation at all times.
“’Lift up Nigeria’ is a message from God and it is for a time like this,” said Koya.
“I believe that the power of positive confessions, when activated at a national level through songs like ‘Lift Up Nigeria’ would fast track the recovery of the lost years we have had as a nation and amplify our efforts and desires as citizens to reposition the country both as the Giant of Africa in all ramifications and as the undeniably fastest developing nation in the world at large.”
She said the power does not only lie with the government, but lies more in our tongues and hearts, noting that singing is one of the effective ways of making people consciously and unconsciously make effective positive confessions.
She urged Nigerians to love themselves, work hard and create a new Nigeria for the generations unborn, adding that we should let the positive outward appearance of the country be paramount in our consciousness and be portrayed in our dealings across the globe.
“It is the responsibility of all Nigerians to ‘Lift up Nigeria’ in all aspects of our endeavors both at home and in the world at large,” she said.
“If we cannot and do not, outsiders will not glorify our country for us, hence we would have failed.”
The chairman of the occasion, Prof Pat Utomi, who was represented by a Communications Consultant, Oba Akin Fatunke, commended the song.
Her producer, Wole Oni, said the song is a good one, saying it preaches that Nigerian’s brings back positivity about the country.
“The song is about doing what you know how to do best and representing the country well anywhere you find yourself. There are good and trust worthy Nigerians and there is positivity in Nigeria. Being negative is not the best way to make it,” he said.
He urged Nigerians to do songs of quality that will last decades, rather than songs that will be hit once and die.
Burna Boy performs ‘Ye’, ‘Anybody’ on Daily Show with Trevor Noah
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Nigerian Afro-fusion star, Burna Boy pulled stunning performance on global comedy show ‘The Daily Show’.
‘The Daily Show’ is an American late-night talk show that piques on satire and self-deprecatory humor to discuss socially and culturally relevant stories.
Burna Boy, on Tuesday night, appeared alongside Mark Sanford, a former US representative and former Governor of South Carolina.
The ‘African Giant’ performed hit tracks ‘Ye’ and ‘Anybody’, eliciting loud cheers from the audience.
He was dressed in a multicolored striped outfit, a pair of glasses and a neck full of diamonds while rocking his signature braids.
In an interview with Noah, Burna Boy explained the reasons for his outburst over the Coachella poster in January.
The incident, which birthed the ‘African Giant’ moniker, saw Burna Boy accuse Coachella of disrespecting him by writing his name in small fonts.
Explaining the situation to Noah, he said, “I am looking for my name and I can’t find my name. I am like – am I really performing?
“They had to circle it for me. That’s never happened to me before. I am used to being the African giant.
“I didn’t like it and I expressed myself. Not just for that but so, everyone that comes after me won’t have to go through that,” he said.
Trevor Noah noted that people might not understand Burna Boy’s huge influence as an artist in Nigeria and in Africa, the continent with one of the world’s largest population.
In July, Burna Boy released an album titled ‘African Giant’, referencing the Coachella incidence. It was premiered on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.
The 19-track album contains his biggest 2019 hits including ‘Killin Dem’ featuring Zlatan, ‘Anybody’ and ‘Dangote’ alongside a titular track ‘African Giant’ and several international collaborations.
Amongst the artists featured were Jorja Smith in ‘Gum Body’, Manifest in ‘Another Story’, Jeremih and Serani in ‘Secrets’.
Damian Marley and Angelique Kidjo in ‘Different’, Future in ‘Show and Tell’ and YG in ‘This Side’ were also featured.