Naira Marley’ s songs glorify the rot that our leaders allowed to fester – Nollingwood actor, Jude Chukwuka


There is no doubt that controversial singer , Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, has a lot of fans and their numbers seem to be growing by the day . Despite his vulgar lyrics , the
Opotoyi singer ’ s admirers are drawn from various walks of life .

However , many were surprised when a 56- year – old actor, Jude Chukwuka , became an Internet sensation after posting video clips of himself singing along to one of Marley ’ s songs titled ,
Mafo .

Chukwuka , who speaks Yoruba fluently , said , “ I enjoy singing and in recent times, Naira Marley has become my favourite artiste.

It’ s like I help my contemporaries to hear and understand what these young boys are doing .

I don’ t know why the video of Mafo that I posted went viral .

I had actually wanted to do another song but I changed my mind and that one went viral .

I didn’ t know it was going to spark such an interest globally and I ’ m glad it did .

I cannot say how long it took me to learn the lines because I must have heard the song over a hundred times.

Every time I heard it , I picked one or two lines and in a short while , I started to sing along . ”

Recalling how he felt when he was informed that Naira Marley was ‘ looking ’ for him .

He said , “ I really cannot explain how I felt when I was told that Naira Marley was looking for me online.

I got over 500 calls.

When I eventually answered a colleague ’ s call , he told me to go on Instagram that Naira Marley was looking for me .

I then went online and saw so many messages .

I didn’ t even know how to feel at first . But to keep my sanity , I switched off my phone , so no one could reach me till I got home . ’’

Chukwuka also disagreed with people who believed that Marley’ s lyrics encouraged wayward lifestyles.

He said , “ Naira Marley’ s songs glorify the rot that our leaders allowed to fester.

If as a result of ineptitude and nepotism, our leaders have turned society upside – down and somebody earns a living from glorifying the rot that their stupidity caused ; of course , they would fight that individual because that person shows their incompetence and inefficiencies .

Some people think that ‘ Marlians ’ are irresponsible but that is what the press has made people believe .

If you connect the Marlian slogan with irresponsibility , what about our political parties? Are we saying that everybody in suits and ties are saint .

All political parties have irresponsible followers too .

It all depends on where one stands .

Not all Malians are irresponsible .

It is only those who are in government and those who do not want to accept the realities of society that consider Malians to represent irresponsibility . ”

Chukwuka also insisted that the lyrics of Naira Marley’ s songs were not too vulgar for an elderly actor like him to promote .

He added , “ It depends on where one is standing .

If you have your head in the clouds , you would say the lyrics are vulgar .

But if you have your feet on the ground , you would realise that he sings about the realities of our society .

I chose to disregard the messenger and listen to the message .

In the process , I found that his lyrics are not vulgar .

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They are the realities we are struggling with in society .

I believe those running the affairs of this nation should listen to what he (Marley) is saying .

“ The president of the country does not command as much following as Naira Marley does.

As far as I’ m concerned , Marley has become a mouthpiece for pointing out the realities of society .

But those in leadership don’ t want to hear those truths , so they would rather give the young man a bad name so his ‘ products ’ wouldn’ t sell . ’’

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