Temitope Shittu-Alamu: My age group rocks more; I think

by Temitope Shittu-Alamu

Gangnam style is like the latest dance in town. If you like go and disgrace yourself and still be talking konko below or even Azonto.

When the song “konko below” by Lagbaja was released, I personally thought it was the best song to happen to the music industry. At-least the Nigerian one.

By all means it was a hot jam. The song was a sort of “call to prayer” for teenagers. I mean the passion with which they gathered to do the dance felt like it was for the unity and common good of the Nigerian people. You know, like an association of konko belowers (Nigerian chapter). You couldn’t hear that song and not jive on your seat no matter how nerdy. From party floors to bus parks and barbershops, it was a banger. In-fact I still think it is a hot jam.

So imagine my shock, disdain, and oh, disgust, when one day, at a Coca Cola tuck shop during lunch break, I mention konko below to a group of hawt looking ladies who I assume are about my age, and they are looking at me like I just gbagauned on twitter. They literally just stood there and giggled.

I have no affiliations whatsoever with Lagbaja, and as much as I am a huge fan, I sadly didn’t get one dime from the magnificent sales of the konko below album, errm well not that I would refuse if he offers, but strangely a sort of anger begins to well up inside me for his sake. Gosh they have no idea what it is let alone it being a kind of dance move.  I am stupefied, dazed, disturbed, overwhelmed. Permit all that grammar but I stood there thinking this has to be a joke. In fact I am horrified, flabbergasted, displeased, and even traumatized (lol). How can you not know konko below? I probe.

I take this weird look at the girls again and then it all starts to come to me.

Let me quickly add that I think schooling in Nigeria has spoilt some very major paroles for me and so many others. As in very major. I did not realize this until my konko below encounter with these ladies.

Because only suddenly did I realize that ohhhh  these girls are actually not my age group. We certainly didn’t grow up with the same things in the environment or on TV. I mean you can’t be in my age group and not know konko below, even if you were living in the village. Except of-course you have been jazzed and evil spirits are dancing Azonto on your head.

So as I said about Naija spoiling paroles, see the “analysis” here. If you wrote JAMB a number of times like let’s say the typical 4-5 times and no admission (please don’t ask me how many times I wrote), you take a break and learn fashion designing or do a pre-degree programme or join the choir so that at-least God can “see” you well in church, then continue your JAMB quest for another 2 years, then bam, hallelujah you finally get admission to study a course you didn’t even apply for.  Please, tell me how some bunch of 1993 born children will not “divinely” find their way  into your age group. It’s sad gosh. Why is having to go to university so difficult?  In-fact I am angry. I am ending this story now. See you next week.

Meanwhile, Gangnam style is like the latest dance in town. If you like go and disgrace yourself and still be talking konko below or even Azonto.




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Comments (12)

  1. On point, as always. Just about 2 months ago, a family friend finished from one of these private universities, and she was about 19! It's definitely not on account of her genius.

  2. I wouldn’t deny the fact that there’s a huge degree of nudity in Nigerian music videos and movies, but I don’t think I’ll agree with you guys when you say the industry is in jeopardy. Like seriously? Are you guys still living in the 20th century? I mean, King Sunny Ade is a great musician, I’m not gonna disagree with that. But that was years ago. This is now and the world has evolved. Change is constant. People won’t dance konko below anymore ’cause it’s 2012 not 2001. If the whole world remained stagnant, do you think we’d have reached this level of development. People change, their taste change. You either move with it or don’t move at all.

    Besides, there are a whole bunch of genres out there. If a song doesn’t interest you, pick something else. Music is either meant to pass a message or be fun. It’s not mandatory for something to please you.

  3. Iguess those of us in your age group can begin to say “in my time/days”,lol. Good read

  4. LOL! But how could you mention Konko Below in 2012 lol… Loved the article! I’m smiling… But no, my age group rocks more *does Gangnam Style*

  5. Our music industry, followed by d movie industry, both are in serious jeopardy. I was speaking with a friend recently nd he said its now so bad u can't even writedown the lyrics of a song. Its eida it doesn't make sense or it doesn't have lyrics sef. Just yest I listened to a couple of K Sunny Ade songs nd I was on my feet dancing. Y wud a wateva year old dropout for wateva reason be telling me to axe my mummy? So now its violence we see to preach abi? Its just totally crazy! I pray we dnt lose it completely, I really Pray we don't,…… Welludone Tope. Tanx for sharing!!

  6. M a 199_ sumtin kid ooo nd i noe konko below well well …..i lyk ur write-up….itz kul….buh on a more sruz note….our music industry is an impending disaster

  7. Very interesting article this is. did this Temitope Shittu-Alamu attend CDSS abuja? i know one!

  8. Fuuny piece dear. Thumbs up!

  9. I suddenly laughed! Sooo true…

  10. Well! the reduction in the quality of life and collapse of entertainment industry is really alarming. I was gutted last friday when I watched soundcity top-ten countdown without meaningful african flair on the musical chat. Nudity scenes became the order of the day as they are motivated to copy the likes of lady gaga and nicky minaj. My heart became citadel of disgust as pple like Davido, Dbanj, Tiwa savage are preffered to the likes of Dare Art Alade, Asa, Paul Play dairo etc. I am very scared of what the future will bring..

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