A Who’s Who Of Nigerian Pop Wants You To Use Your Votes Wisely

February 1, 2019

It’s election season, people.

not for sale elections

The familiar issues that defined Nigerian elections over the years are now major topics as the scheduled dates for Nigeria’s 2019 elections draw nearer.

If you thought “vote-buying, rigging and more”, I might have a cookie for you.

In an effort to raise public awareness ahead of D-Day, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the European Centre for Electoral Support (ESEC) assembled the Avengers.

The result is “Not For Sale”–a song that asks the people to hold themselves to a higher standard and not sell their votes.

Together, the legendary 2baba, MI Abaga, Teni The Entertainer, Chidinma Ekile, Waje, Umar M. Shareef & Cobhams Asuquo ask Nigerians to believe in the power of their votes and resist any offers to exchange their franchise for instant gifts or payments.

As one would expect, 2baba takes the lead, warning pointedly against getting involved in election violence “because their pikin no go join you”.

MI Abaga reminds the listener that the onus lies on the people to vote for the leaders they want.

Chidinma and Waje then offer their two cents, while wearing their tribal identities with pride.

“Not For Sale” makes an effort to be deliberately inclusive as all geo-political zones are represented in the line-up.

Waje Not For Sale

Yet, its voice is clearly targeted at one group: the youth.

It is a vital consideration considering over 60% of registered voters for the coming elections fall in that class.

Teni sings at some point, “No let them take your vote from you, na your future be that”.

It is a message that would only make sense if it was directed at her younger listeners.

This union of entertainment and civic education is not new territory in any sense.

2baba, for instance, uses his art and influence to draw attention to ills and encourage youth participation in elections.

It is worth noting though that this is a non-partisan offering. In that sense, it is a stark departure from the 2015 elections where many artistes proudly represented various parties.

Questions are constantly asked about entertainers and their reluctance to get into the political arena.

And while there is room for progress, it’s refreshing to see a few focused on the bigger picture.

Watch the music video for “Not For Sale”, produced by Lydia Idakula Shobogun and directed by Bobby Hai.

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

August 27, 2021

Johnnie Walker returns with the nation’s premier platform for a sensational musical experience – JJW, now Johnnie, Jamz & Whisky; and this time, you get to party along with the Big Brother Naija Housemates retro style! Johnnie, Jamz & Whisky makes its big comeback with a retro-themed party, simultaneously at three different locations. Whisky lovers […]

September 8, 2020

Imagine my surprise when I opened Twitter on Sunday night, only to realise that fans of Erica were donating money to a GoFundMe account opened on her behalf after she was disqualified from the Big Brother Naija show.  And they were not sending this woman money in naira. They were doing it in – wait […]

Gombe state 100m computers
February 18, 2020

Okay everyone, we’re going to hold hands in a circle and PRAY that the brand of HP desktop computers that cost one million Naira each in Gombe State, comes out and reveals itself, because… This is according to TrakaNG, a project initiated by the pro-transparency group, BudgIT, to track the performance and execution of government […]

May 18, 2020

Lady Donli — “Wonda Wonda” ft. DarkoVibes Last year, Lady Donli dropped Enjoy Your Life — one of the most accomplished Nigerian debuts of the past decade — and now she’s back with her first single of 2020, “Wonda Wonda”. On the impressive track, Lady Donli’s hypnotic voice glides effortlessly over Kuvie’s exceptional production work. […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

November 4, 2019

After successfully predicting when y’all are getting married (please, email any complaints to noneofourbusiness@nayousabi.com), we are back to tell you how much is currently in your account. How, you might ask? By using your taste in Nollywood, of course. Shhh. No questions. Just take it already:

April 3, 2020

While the rest of the world loves to treat our continent like a country, there are actually 54 African countries. So, in a bid to test your knowledge (and educate you), we’ve created a quiz to see how many of their capitals you can correctly name. Go ahead:

November 20, 2019

Last month, we thoughtfully made a quiz telling you guys exactly when you’ll marry, but some of you claimed that your spouse was nowhere to be found. Well, now we’ve created one that’ll tell you exactly who you’ll be dragging down that aisle. Take and start planning that wedding: 11 Quizzes For Nigerians Who Are […]

November 1, 2019

Twitter is buzzing right now, bringing a new conversation to the concept of cool vs not-so-cool, especially in relationships. If you’ve been thinking about how much of a red flag you are, why don’t you let this quiz help you decide once and for all?

More from Citizen

December 24, 2021

Abroad Life tells the stories of Nigerians who japa’d, but many times, the stories have a shocking twist.

From jaw-dropping stories of grand-scale internet fraud to heartbreaking stories of family betrayal, these are the top 10 most-read Abroad Life stories of 2021.

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X