Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Checking out some Nigerian election campaign songs

The Nigerian elections have been postponed and will no longer take place this Saturday. [click]
There is no denying that security is an issue, so I can understand the reasons, But I can't quite under how the delay will change the current situation in Nigeria with regards to Boko Haram

It is stated that the elections will now take place in March. In that time the powers that be are hoping to make significant gains in the fight against Boko Haram, but I fear that is somewhat unrealistic, given the fact that there is no evidence to suggest they are making inroads.

Anyway, my post isn't really about the delay..rather it's about the ways in which politicians draft in musicians to aid thier election campaigns.
Ahh yes...the power of music is such that songs ( and melodies) can have a significant impact on the way people think, feel and act.
...On how they vote.
Having said that. A song cannot simply erase years of poor governance, leadership or management In fact, a song implying 'all is well', could actually annoy the heck out of people who no longer believe in the policies of a particular party, or that the party has any serious intentions of addressing the needs of the people.

I have listened to them both, and both are nice songs. Very credible, well produced, and heartfelt.
Olamides song however, probably has the edge, as he taps into a common thread that tends to work in elections... and that is....
'The change we want'.

People who are fed up with the status quo, will be able to relate to that sentiment easily. The song is a great song for an opposition party.
Unfortunately *sigh*.. Nigeria has bigger problems than working out which party has the best song
If only life was that simple huh
I tell you what I think is simple, and should never be underestimated.
People tend to vote for the guy they like the most
Whether that person is the best person for the job or not.

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