Its no longer news that corruption in Nigeria has been a lingering one. Despite the anti-corruption laws that have been established, the moral decadence among public office holders seems to have worsened. Other institutions are not spared also when it comes to this issue – the financial sector, educational institutions, the health and judicial sectors, and even religious institutions have demonstrated prevailing degrees of this endemic.
As the general election is fast approaching, it’s expected that Nigerian artistes use their art/music to lend their voices by creating conscious music that carries strong political statements and can somewhat empower political change, just as we recently witnessed with Falz’s “This is Nigeria” – a cover of Childish Gambino’s “This is America“, and now with Cobhams Asuquo’s latest release titled, “Everyday” featuring Bez and Sound Sultan as they address the state of the nation.
In a statement that was released along with this song, Cobehams said:
“Everyday is a story of threes that draws several parallels with the Nigerian State. It’s a story of three friends who hoped for a better life, a story of betrayal, and a story that speaks to how there should come a time when people get tired of the status quo. It highlights the dangers of being a complacent people and speaks to the need to take one’s future into one’s own hands as opposed to leaving it in the hands of those who would squander it. I find this to be true especially on this day – Democracy Day, when we are reminded of our young democracy and how much we have been through as a people to get to where we are now.
“As we prepare to cast our votes next year and decide our future, “Everyday” calls on us to reject complacency and do something. It is time we leave that space of taking things as they are, and get to that point where sidon look is no longer acceptable. It doesn’t make sense that the hardworking Nigerian youth should continue to slave away with little or no guarantee of a future. I wish that we would recognize and exercise our power to choose so that we can shape our collective future into that which we desire. Special thanks to my brothers Sound Sultan and Bez, outstanding and conscientious musicians in their own right who lent their voices to this song. “Everyday” is a song for the people. “Everyday” is a song for you.”