“Imagine a world where everything you ever dreamed of was at your fingertips. Well, that’s how I imagined music would be but…”

The quote above was on March 20th made by Nigerian Singer- Waje Iruobe, followed by a Youtube link to her mini documentary where she talks about her struggles in the music business and seriously contemplates quitting. The video is entitled ‘Music is not for me’.

Quite absurd to me because she is music.

53461681_10156020601932124_3468593022491426816_oPhoto- Artist’s page.

Waje is a household name in Nigeria and beyond, a vocal powerhouse. Blessed with beauty and incredible talent, her come up in the Nigerian/African music scene is inspiring and praise worthy, and so, it was quite the surprise when the artist of such status made that post.

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It is also really understandable when that artist is from Nigeria.

And when the artist is a woman in Nigeria, then it is really, really, understandable.

Let’s be honest, it is one thing for an industry to lack structure- also made worse by a government that is too lazy (and ignorant) to see the potential of Nigerian creatives and invest in them, but lack of structure is not an excuse for a government that really wants to support its country’s artists, by the way.

Forgive the digression.

One of Waje’s Smash hits ‘I wish’

It is one thing I said, for an industry to lack structure, BUT adequate and proper gender representation is another thing. I cannot think of any yearly women’s music festival in Lagos.

We need spaces/more spaces in Nigeria where women musicians are respected and valued, given opportunities, at festivals, shows and artistic events, free from harassment of any kind and supported to function as the intelligent beings they are. We need more forward thinking show organizers and promoters.

Waje’s cry goes beyond her. It is the echo of the everyday un-famous Nigerian youth. We can’t keep going on with no plans and directions. Where are the music and art schools? When last did Nigerian government contract local and even international artists to give free shows to the people? Will they ever see and treat us as people?

Watch Waje’s documentary here-

Afrikajump wishes this diva clarity and success in her music/life’s journey in which she still has a long way to go, with more hits.

You’re too legit to quit, sis.

Connect with Waje here-

Fb  https://www.facebook.com/officialWAJE/

YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAw8Sy1F4nsb7CX1rblJ96w

INSTA https://www.instagram.com/officialwaje/

                                                                                                                         Story by Mmaburuzò.

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