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Pulse Opinion BrymO's truth is too real for Nigerians

BrymO is known for speaking his mind which has gotten him a lot of backlash from Nigerians who prefer merriment over the cold, hard truth.

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Artiste receives backlash over controversial tweet


Nigerian singer BrymO is just too real for Nigerians. I am not talking about his brand of soul music which he is popular for. I am referring to his honest opinions on societal issues.

Today, Thursday, July 7, 2016 BrymO was dragged all over Twitter for his tweet about black people and suffering. "Black man suffers at home, black man suffers abroad. Black man suffers everywhere, black man likes to suffer." When I saw this tweet I  didn't see anything wrong with it but the mob on Nigerian Twitter did.

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Analysing the tons of negative feedback BrymO got from this single tweet it is pretty much obvious that his critics think he was referring to physical and material suffering. Nigeria is an ostentatious country where your rank in society is determined by the latest car you drive or the size of your house. Even the so called Christians give testimonies about their new cars and jobs on Sunday morning in church.

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If a lot of Nigerians can take their minds away from Naira and kobo, BrymO is actually making sense. He wasn't talking about material suffering but mental suffering. Look around us, Nigeria is still in the dark ages. This country will be celebrating her 56th year of independence on October 1st, yet it cannot boast of uninterrupted power supply, a good health care system and a modern educational system for her citizens. Who are we kidding? This suffering in the 21st century.

We choose leaders based on tribe and how much they gave us at the polling booth during electoral campaigns only for us to complain (and suffer) when these politicians do nothing when they are in power. Look at our senators- they deliberate all day long about their pensions and neglect to tackle the harsh realities facing the average Nigerian. Isn't that suffering?

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Maybe our generation just doesn't respect BrymO enough. Even though most Nigerians claim they like his style of music, their affection for him does not reflect on his album sales, neither does he get a lot of shows. There is no difference between what BrymO tweeted today and what Fela Anikulapo-Kuti sang on 'Sorrow, Tears & Blood' in 1977.

On the evergreen record Fela sang;

"My people self dey fear too much
We fear for the thing we no see
We fear for the air around us
We fear to fight for freedom

We fear to fight for liberty
We fear to fight for justice
We fear to fight for happiness
We always get reason to fear

We no want die, we no want wound
We no want quench, we no want go
I get one child, mama dey for house
Papa dey for house, I want build house
I don build house, I no want quench
I want enjoy, I no want go, ah.

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Let's leave Fela and go to Bob Marley. A lot of Nigerians sing 'Redemption Song' which has the line "emancipate yourself from mental slavery." How is this different from what BrymO tweeted.

You see our generation prefers celebrities flashing on Instagram and dashing them airtime on Twitter than them saying the brutal truth. Nigerians are lazy, we are a lazy people. By the way aren't we just coming off a three-day holiday. In advanced parts of the world that would be unheard of. Unfortunately we are in Nigeria, land of enjoyment at all cost and ignorance. BrymO's tweet was too real for some people and that's why they lashed out at him. A decade from now we will know if he was saying the truth or not.

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