The Nigerian Agenda of great music has been the pinnacle of African music. Not only their music, but in art and movies. Their agenda stretches forth to all parts of the world but where is Ghana? The pioneer of greatness?
The biggest rivalry has always been 2 people or entities all struggling to win; Mr Krabs and Plankton, Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Harvey Specter and Louis Litt, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy and finally Ghana and Nigeria
The Ghana – Nigeria war has been in action before most of us were born. The beef started with Ghana running to Nigeria for greener pastures in the early 90’s. Nigerians sacked Ghanaians hence the phrase “Ghana must go”.
But in terms of music, Ghana has been the head of the music game as Fela Kuti found Afro Pop in Accra, Gyedu Blay Ambollay originated rap music, Ghana invented the most diverse music genre of Africa, Highlife music. But why is Ghana seldom mentioned when it comes to the raising of the African music in he world? THE NIGERIAN AGENDA.
The Nigerian agenda is a theory I have come up with, which is simply the things industry players in Nigeria will do to ensure that Nigerian music will be heard and loved all over the world. Mind you this is not a conspiracy theory but its in the nature of Nigerians to love their own.
A Nigerian would rather purchase music from their own people than any other person from another country. Their djs would rather play Nigerian music, their media personel would rather use their music as soundtrack for movies and bites than others. They would criticize their own but would fight with any country to protect their artist no matter how messed up they are.
They took Palmwine highlife and turned it to something super valuable for artists like Simi, Adekunle Gold, Show Dem Camp and Brymo to use. They are the fore front of Afro Pop music, a genre we invented. Hell, I love South African music but Nigerian music is all over the world and farther than South Africa.
So what am I trying to say here? Maybe, just maybe we need to start loving our own. Supporting our own. Artists learn to be humble to the fans and industry players. Fans, buy their albums, support their shows and be their families. Industry players, its time to push the Ghanaian agenda for once.
Long Live Ghana Music