Hey lovelies! So I decided to start a segment on the blog about my favourite creative picks of the month and also tell you guys why I love them so much, so without much ado, here are my top three.
- Dike Chukwumerije stood on the podium at the 23rd economic Summit of Nigeria in which he opens with an awe-inspiring speech that focuses on the concept of ‘One Nigeria’ by highlighting the Nigerian motto which is written on our very own coat of arms, it is however his poem: The wall and the bridge, which he introduces at the later part of the video that does justice in explaining tribalism in Nigeria and why it is the most “primitive” and wayward way of thinking.
Unity and faith, peace and progress. He begins with the notion that “it is difficult to preach unity if you are not preaching faith.” He explains how Nigerians have lost faith in the nation and why this the root of the lack of unity. A notion that I spoke about in a previous post 269 to 234
“You go to London and get their passport, then settle wherever, however you want, you stand there and fight for equality but come back and start to use ethnicity” Here he highlights this disregarded concept of tribalism and this ill-fated way of thinking that we face not only in our nation, not only in Africa but even as black people as a whole…that when the whole world sees us, they simply see black, and if every day we try to prove that we are more than this incredible colour of our skin, how do we come back to our own country and fight our selves based on something as trivial as tribe? As Chukwumerije says “No culture is older than being human.” He finishes of the poem with two lines that must be reflected upon
“For the same things that can bind us that drives us apart.
For the wall and the bridge are both in the heart”
2. Adesua Etomi is a fast rising Nigerian actress known for her roles in ‘Knocking on Heaven’s door‘ ‘Falling‘ and ‘The wedding party’ and also the winner of best actress 2016 at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) In the videos below, she speaks about the battle she faced with her self, how she overcame them and how she hopes to inspire people to follow their own dreams.
“My greatest battle was the battle of my mind, trying to convince myself that what I had spent five years or six years studying, I should go after…I think it was the fear of the failure”
“We are our biggest hindrance…If you can get past your mind, and what your mind thinks you can do you can do almost anything.”
She goes on to explain how it took her two years to gain up the courage to go after what had been her own dream. I remember learning as a child that the Devil comes for three things: to steal, kill and to destroy (John 10:10) and that is exactly what I got from this. He will try to steal your attention away from your talent by making you feel that you are not good enough, he will try to kill it by moving your attention away from this precious gift that Christ has carefully placed in you and finally he will try to destroy it until you no longer feel that desire to follow that dream but notice that in every statement, I used the word “try” because he will try but he will not succeed. Today I would like to remind you that you are in fact good enough. The bible in Matthew 5:14 tells us that “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill can not be hid.” The truth is you can do it but you will never know if you don’t do anything about it, like Adesua says, “There’s nothing worse than not trying”
3. In this video, Kingsley James Daley, popularly known as the rapper, poet and activist Akala, famous for Fire in the booth, and his third album Doublethink which was realeased in 2010, successfully articulates the historical prejudice that is attached to the N word and why people of other races must simply understand that they cannot use the word.
To start with, I found it hilarious how the black girl immediately looked up once the girl speaking started off with “the N word” , you could immediately see the whole “Hellll nawww” narration on her face.
“I wanted to ask you what your thoughts are on the N word and like the use of that in rap music because obviously as a white person i’ve been brought up never to ever use that word but a lot of the music I listen to says it twenty times in every song…whether you think it’s a word that has become obsolete or whether you think there are negative consequences on the fact that it is so widely used.”
Akala highlights the fact that we must not forget the fact that the word connotes “white supremacist genocide” that dehumanises black people. He then asks the question that I’ve always searched for an answer to “Why do you want to call your black friend a nigga?” and explains that we as black people are allowed to decide whether or not we want to use the word and I personally feel like it is easy as that. This is one of the videos I would definitely recommend you watch in full as it gives an insight into the history of the word “nigga”.
Hope you guys enjoyed reading this, please watch the videos and let me know what opinion you formed and if you disagreed or agreed xx