Crowd Mentality: I am a Sheep

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It is no news that Nigeria is largely a religious but corrupt State. According to Tim Newman, Nigeria is a ‘classless’ and greedy State. Read “The End of an Assignment” http://bit.ly/1454v1f. I am forced to agree on most issues raised and I found the article disheartening not because I have a heart (pun intended) but because he hits major points on our mentality and attitude to development.

One of my many subjective unfounded theories is that Government officials enrich themselves, fail in their duties and promulgate laws that favor them while keeping the average Nigerian hungry, deluded and hopeless.
“Make comfortable living impossible, keep them hungry and they won’t have enough brainpower and strength to resist us”

It might sound farfetched but this is true. Almost every Nigerian is looking for a way out and as such distracted if not uninterested in the affairs of the country. Demanding accountability and speaking against injustice and embezzlement takes more energy that is not even available. So ‘we’ just shrug and say these lines;
“Ei go better”

“Wetin concern me”

“Me sef go thief if I get opportunity”

“Na dem dem na”

“Wetin man fit do”

Let’s face it: Nigeria is not getting better. If anything, it is perpetually on relapse with an illusion of betterment which is depicted in statistics that cannot be measured or accounted for. Some of these data could very well be tampered with. What we need are not songs-apologies to well-meaning artists who cluster up in videos-calling on Nigeria’s prosperity in melodious harmonies when in reality the prosperity is in bottomless pockets of a few who have no intention of getting their pockets sown but engage in policies and practices that smothers the citizenry.

We should increase recent movements like exposing their rots and enlightening the citizenry of their neglect and failure to prevent a re-election or appointment. I humorously say this: “Give Nigerians the cause to be patriotic, to pay their taxes and be good citizens and they will be”.

The ‘Crowd Mentality’ as M.I Abaga aptly puts it in his hit song in 2006 describes the mindlessness of persons in being true to themselves and doing what the crowd does just because the crowd does it. He had these to say about Crowd Mentality…
….Make bad music just to rock in arenas as fake a** entertainers….
…Ready to join the movement together press for negative improvement…
…No matter how many songs I sing about truth, honesty,..
…It will never change a thing…
…I just want to be rich and famous…
…The world is screaming please entertain us…
…Moral of the song…
…There are people walking around just like zombies…
…And it is so strange,…
…how people are afraid of change if we re-arrange…
…So most Black people are just doing what the crowd do…
…Doing what the system say, that we’re allowed to…
…Break free from the crowd mentality…
…And then we can start to build a new reality…
…You have got to know who you are…
…And be all you can be…

There is a reason he rose to prominence after this song. He knew the truth, sang the truth and went with the crowd. If then it is true that Nigerians have the ‘herd’ mentality, it should be leveraged on.

The Nigerian music industry has done this. Put together danceable beats, wine your waist with sexual innuendos and you will be highly rewarded with endorsement deals. The crowd loves it and …The world Nigerians are screaming please entertain us…

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Article is written by Unen Ameji. She is @UnenAmeji on twitter.

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