“The secular guys have an edge. When it comes to making a living out of what you do, the guys who do secular music have an edge - Nosa
Gospel and inspirational artiste, Nosa, feels singers who go the way of religious music are suffering a bias in the country due to the flawed mentality of Nigerians.
Singers of Nigerian secular music have been on the rise, attaining celebrity status easily, and reaping great financial rewards. The Gospel singers, in contrast, are not on par with their secular colleagues, with less lucrative endorsements and commitments thrown their way.
Nosa admits though, that the difference lies in the prevalent mentality of Nigerians, and how they prioritize conscious music.
He told Pulse TV: “I think it's a fight against a mentality, it's very difficult . On radio, 98 percent of gospel songs only get a 2-hour air space on Sunday, when people are in church. So who are those that listen to those gospel songs or the Gospel shows?
“The secular guys have an edge. When it comes to making a living out of what you do, the guys who do secular music have an edge.
“For me personally, I think it's the same career, it's the same pursuit, so we don't do that (bias) in the legal sector, nor the medical field, but we do that in music. Maybe because it's message-inclined, you add words to the music.
“I think it's a long-time thing. First of all, it's religious. People tie Gospel music to a certain religion, even if the message is for everybody.
“We live in a world where people don't want to think anymore, it's like the young people rule. They don't want to sit down and think. You do conscious music, not just Gospel, but inspirational and conscious music, and you are not given the same platform. Different sections of the industry all tend to go towards the popular music direction. And then you have people who want to make a living out of music, they want to do what the people want.
“I think there's a big difference in the system”