It's time for people in the entertainment industry to appreciate the legends and veterans before they are gone.
Countless tributes have been written since the death of the singer. Beautiful words have been used to describe who he was, his personality and his friendly demeanour. I never met Nomoreloss (I did see him once in Ikeja G.R.A) but from what I have heard from people who knew him, he was a stand up guy.
A lot of glowing things have been said about the now deceased singer. The sad thing about the tributes is that Nomoreloss cannot read or hear them. He is gone. He is no longer of this world so the beautiful and kinds words that have been said about him will fall on the roadside and trampled by the footprints of time.
It’s a sad part of human nature for us to heap praises on people when they are gone and can’t appreciate them. We fail to give them compliments when they are alive and need them the most.
People have spoken of how great a singer Nomoreloss was and how he was a gifted songwriter. Yes, this is true but the stark reality of it all was that for a while before his death Nomoreloss struggled to be relevant in mainstream music in Nigeria.
The sweet words written about him now would have been more useful a few years ago when he was trying to get his career moving again. When he was no longer in the thick of things, how many people encouraged him and told him how great a singer he was? It was back then he needed the Instagram posts and not now.
People go through a lot. A lot of pain, hurt and sadness is covered up in wide smiles and grins. A word of encouragement can help ease the pain of a lot of your friends. A quick phone call can help brighten the day of somebody.
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Beautiful words thrown at the dead are like diamonds thrown at the blind who can’t appreciate the sparkle of the gems. We should learn to help people when they need it the most. Tributes and eulogies do nothing for a dead person who once needed your help and kind words.
It is also hypocritical of the media to praise an artiste after his death but shun his works when he is alive. Hundreds of blogs have posted a ‘Best of Nomoreloss songs' list since his passing away. How many of these blogs did an opinion piece on how great a singer he was before his death? None. Praising a man after his death and ignoring him when he walked this earth is distasteful.
For those in this cut-throat industry we can make amends, we can change. This week you can call an old artiste who is trying to get back and encourage him.
You can write a lovely opinion piece on an old actor praising his or her contribution to Nollywood. We don’t have to wait till when the #RIP hashtags are up before we start reminiscing about their achievements. We can do it now.
Celebrate a man when you can and not when he is gone. You can’t smell roses in Heaven.