Amidst the newly discovered cases of Coronavirus in Lagos and Akwa Ibom, Nigerians are taking a recess to argue about their favorite Nigerian music hits from the past few years. The Twitter jury is having a hard time deciding whether Ada Ada was a better hit than Durosoke or otherwise.
Released in 2012, Ada Ada was one of the most loved songs from Flavour’s album – blessed – and it quickly became a favourite at traditional marriage ceremonies especially in Eastern Nigeria. It was also used as a soundtrack for the Nollywood blockbuster ‘Wedding Party.’
A year after, Durosoke – a mid-tempo Yoruba song was released as the lead single from Olamide’s third studio album, Baddest Guy Ever Liveth and Nigerians equally fell in love with the tune. Without a doubt, we have always been lovers of good music, but since the quarantine began, particularly with the lockdown in Lagos and Abuja, Nigerians have developed a rare interest in online battles and comparisons.
Regardless of the fact that the Flavor song had a higher number of views than Durosoke, Olamide some fans maintain that Durosoke was a bigger hit. One Twitter user said:
Ada ada has 40 million views on YouTube
Durosoke didn't even smell 200k but someone is saying Durosoke is bigger than Ada ada… Don't annoy me this quarantine morning
— Zyon Williamsan (@GSPN90MINS) April 2, 2020
Another Twitter user said:
I’m not saying Durosoke was a bigger song than Ada Ada, but most of you using YouTube views to judge them should also agree Korede Bello’s “Do like that” was far bigger than Flavours “Ada Ada”. pic.twitter.com/jeLGZlWps6
— Great man (@tush_jimmyy) April 2, 2020
In response, someone argued that Durosoke and Ada Ada were released around the same time but Korede Bello’s song was more recent, giving more people the opportunity to view with the increased access to smartphones and data.
Is it possible that we’re being sentimental in our thinking? Twitter needs an independent judge.
Nelson C.J is a culture writer with works in The New York Times, Xtra Magazine, OkayAfrica, Black Youth Project, AfroPunk, and a few other spaces. You can find him saving dog pictures on Twitter.