Davido’s influence on pop culture, Nigerian women who sell their babies | The best Nigerian articles of the week

Each week here at YNaija, we round up the best Nigerian writing on the internet, highlighting the stories, profiles, interviews and in-depth reporting that rise above the daily churn.

Here are the ones that caught our attention:

Nigerian comics fight COVID-19 with gags and slapstick slaps – Angela Ukomadu 

Apaokagi, who goes by the stage name Taaooma, said she decided to put out the video to try and reach people who would usually ignore or dismiss advice from the usual official sources – people like her own mother.

‘I had no choice’: the desperate Nigerian women who sell their babies – Philip Obaji

Ebere is one of many young girls in south-eastern Nigeria that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (Naptip) says have been drawn into a lucrative trade in baby trafficking. According to the agency, girls involved in the trade are known as “social mothers”. Impoverished young women with nowhere else to turn and who have no access to abortion or antenatal care are being targeted.

Post-lockdown rush underscores slow pace of digitization in Nigerian banking – Alexandre Onukwue

Amidst the ‘digital’ conversation, it is worth bearing in mind that 40.1% of Nigerians – roughly 82.9 million people – live in poverty, according to the most recent data by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics published today. Lagos has the lowest rate at 4.5%, which is at least a million people.

How Nigerian emerging acts are navigating the pivot into virtual spaces –  CJ Nelson 

It can be argued that this period has leveled the playing field in some way, it has broken down some walls and upturned the agency of gate-keepers in the industry, particularly for emerging artists in Nigeria, where there are almost no incubation platforms. The equal medium with which entertainment can now be accessed, however overwhelming the options may be, could potentially help the rise of overlooked talents.

Fela was wrong – Anger is the weapon – David Hundeyin

These days, we now have the very same people whom Fela called out by name in his songs, basking in the reflected glory of his memory. The lack of genuine living anger behind the music has taken away most of the political potency it once had. Indeed, it is now possible to hear a Fela song on the radio – something that was impossible during decades of military dictatorship where it was explicitly banned from the airwaves.

A guide to Davido’s DMW crew and his influence on Nigerian pop culture – Debola Abimbolu

Davido personifies the saying that we rise by lifting others, and after discovering Mayorkun and Dremo in 2016, Davido nurtured DMW into more than just a collective with a hefty roster of artists. His boastful lyrics on “If”, “30 Billion for the account oh” left a striking impression on Nigerians and thus, DMW evolved into the 30 Billion Gang, a sort of royal family in Nigerian pop culture.


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