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<p class="">Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy has allegedly been arrested by the Police for pulling out a gun following the recent incidence at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.</p> <p class="">Stonebwoy pulled out a gun when Shatta Wale and his team run to the stage after the winner of Raggae-Dancehall artiste winner was announced.</p> <p class="">This disrupted the show for some minutes because there was a little scuffle between Shatta Wale’s crew and that of Stonebwoy.</p> <p class="">Below is a video of Stonebwoy's arrest, even though it has not been confirmed by the Police.</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure>
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<p class="">This week, we have Tonero, Queen JOD, Prettyboy D-O, MOJO and a few others. </p> <h1>Welcome to another edition of ‘Who Get Ear,’ Pulse’s list of the 10 songs you need to play this week. </h1> <p class="">Last week was a good one and you can peep the list <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/music/who-get-ear-volume-64-10-songs-you-need-to-play-this-week/z9es0k7" id="3c3026a5-3350-4182-a23f-7f15f487912a">here.</a> This week also promises to be fire. </p> <p class="">In the industry, it’s been an eventful week, but you can detox with these songs. </p> <p class="">Here is this week’s offering;</p> <h2>Eso (FliQ) featuring H. Blaze – YBRIAL </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>YBRIAL - Eso {FliQ} X H.BlaZe by Henshaw BlaZe</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">I hope you ca overlook the subpar mixing on this song to peep the beautiful bar-nastics. </p> <p class="">The song has no symbolisms or metaphors. It’s just about straight bars. I hope you enjoy it – it shows that Nigeria isn’t short on rap talent. </p> <h2>Deena Ade featuring Dami Oniru – Ma Ti Lo</h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Mati Lo ft Dami Oniru by Deena Ade</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">When two soulful Queens of the new school collide, you know it will be quite something. </p> <p class="">As we await the release of Ade’s third project in just under two years, this will help fans salivate. </p> <p class="">On this alley-oop by the talented Dami Oniru, the queens are not scared to talk about their need for a distant lover. </p> <h2>RnbLoti featuring Tim Lyre – Souvenirs </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>No Souvenirs feat Tim Lyre by rnbLoti</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">You might be more familiar with <strong>Tim Lyre </strong>than you are with <strong>RnbLoti, </strong>but don’t let it stop you from enjoying this beautiful songwriting about convincing a woman to be on the side of love. </p> <p class="">Even if both singers are lying, it is difficult not to envy the way they sing about love. It is also one of the few times songwriting eclipses the production. </p> <h2>Aussie Maze – Femme Fantasia </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Femme Fantasia (Prod. Aquinas, Mixed. Hannise) by Aussie Maze</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">This song is pure psychedelia with its alternative feel. It’s like a mix of <strong>Daft Punk </strong>and <strong>Chris Corner </strong>on a slower beat. </p> <p class="">On the other hand, it is also like alternative R&amp;B that <strong>Frank Ocean </strong>would be proud off. The guitar works perfectly to illuminate this tale about a lover drifting away. </p> <h2>Turunesh featuring Aylo and Brian Simba – Peninsula Fantasy </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Peninsula Fantasy (feat AYLØ & Brian Simba) by Turunesh</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">This is like soul music from the heart of Chicago itself. The organs and pianos perfectly paved the way for <strong>Turunesh, </strong>sounding like a mezzo-soprano. </p> <p class="">It’s another infectious R&amp;B sound. The best part of this beat is the fusion of R&amp;B with afro percussion. </p> <h2>David Meli featuring Jephy Jay – Omade </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>OMADE Ft Jephy Jay (Prod. David Meli) by David Meli</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Ladies and gentlemen, it's not just about R&amp;B and love anymore. </p> <p class="">It’s now about vibes and the dancefloor. While it is also an appraisal of womanhood with good songwriting, it is not for the late night. </p> <p class="">This one is for showing that love on the dancefloor. </p> <h2>DRB Lasgidi – Alte </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>DRB LasGidi - Alte (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">The proponents of the Nigerian alte movement are back with another single. The ‘<em>Necessary</em>’ crooners are breaking new grounds, while retaining what defines them, <em>‘alte</em>.’ The song is definitely afrobeats with a video shot with VHS effects in a party that cannot be mistaken for anything but an alte gathering.</p> <p class="">One fully expects that BOJ’s hook to run people mad this summer. This seems a hit, if pushed well.</p> <h2>Tonero – Believer </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Believer - Tonero & Marvin. by Tonero</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">If you know <strong>Tonero, </strong>you know he has talent. Just a few weeks after dropping the infectious <em>‘Thunder’</em> featuring Abuja-based <strong>TrillXO, </strong>he is back with this self-produced jam. </p> <p class="">The last time out, the self-acclaimed <strong>Wave god </strong>sang about struggles on a commercial song. This time, he also joins the theme of love that seems to be a central this week. </p> <p class="">Of course, let’s share love. </p> <h2>MOJO featuring Prettyboy D-O – Chop Life Crew</h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Chop Life Crew (feat. Prettyboy D-O) by MOJO</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">This song is interesting. It is like a blend of the trap culture of generation Z and the <em>shepeteri </em>peculiar to the people in the lower rungs of the social ladder. </p> <p class="">The rap is impressive. It’s almost crazy how D-O succeeds at nearly everything he does. This one is an anthem to debauchery. </p> <h2>Queen JOD – Fine Pass You (Cover)</h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>QJ - Fine Pass You (cover) by QueenJoD</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">You might know the sleeper hit of the same title by <strong>T Classic </strong>currently making waves on radio. </p> <p class="">If you don’t, let this be your introduction. It’s an impressive cover. </p>
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<p class="">The song sees Wene Mighty channel his inner gospel singer. </p> <p class=""><strong>Date</strong>: May 17, 2019</p> <p class=""><strong>Song Title</strong>: All Belongs To You</p> <p class=""><strong>Artist</strong>: Duncan Mighty</p> <p class=""><strong>Genre</strong>: Trap, Gospel </p> <p class=""><strong>Producer</strong>: Chriastingz</p> <p class=""><strong>Album</strong>: The Certificate </p> <p class=""><strong>Video Director</strong>: </p> <p class=""><strong>Details/Takeaway: </strong>If Nigeria had a credible award for comebacks <strong>Wene Mighty </strong>would have won the award for a stellar 2018 where he became the hottest collaborative obsession in Nigerian music, and it was not simply for charity. </p> <p class="">The man always had the talent to make almost any kind of music transcend. But this time, he is slightly late. This song was on his 2016 album, <strong>The Certificate </strong>and in it, he channels the inner gospel singer in him. </p> <p class="">Generally though, the song is an anthem for gratitude. </p> <p class="">You can watch the video below;</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Duncan Mighty - All Belongs To You (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure>
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<p class="">The song is off his recent EP, ‘Chulo Vibes.’</p> <p class=""><strong>Date</strong>: May 17, 2019</p> <p class=""><strong>Song Title</strong>: I Can’t Kill Myself </p> <p class=""><strong>Artist</strong>: Timaya</p> <p class=""><strong>Genre</strong>: Afrobeats</p> <p class=""><strong>Producer</strong>: Chriastingz </p> <p class=""><strong>Album</strong>: Chulo Vibes</p> <p class=""><strong>Video Director</strong>: PriorGold Pictures</p> <p class=""><strong>Details/Takeaway: </strong>Fresh off the release of his recent 9-track EP, mercurial singer has released visuals for the seventh track on the EP. </p> <p class="">The song gleans the Nigerian colloquialism, ‘I can’t comman kill myself,’ when things seem to going wrongly on when stress becomes a part of anything. The situations basically come with the ‘Ebenezer’ moment with Nigerians. </p> <p class="">You can watch the video below;</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Timaya - I Can't Kill Myself (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure>
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<p class="">The song is a wake-up call to a flailing lover, not to get too 'comfortable.'</p> <p class=""><strong>Artist</strong>: Nonso Amadi featuring Kwesi Arthur   </p> <p class=""><strong>Song Title</strong>: Comfortable</p> <p class=""><strong>Genre</strong>: Afro-fusion</p> <p class=""><strong>Date of Release</strong>: May 17, 2019</p> <p class=""><strong>Album</strong>: TBA</p> <p class=""><strong>Producer</strong>: TBA</p> <p class=""><strong>Details/Takeaway: </strong>Fresh off his <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/music/pulse-interview-nonso-amadi-to-drop-new-5-track-ep-titled-free/5vlgryx" id="28644924-723a-4602-b95a-4a81b199dca3">interview with Pulse Nigeria</a><strong>, </strong>where he revealed the titled of his upcoming EP, ‘<em>Free,’</em> the afro-fusion artist has released his latest single featuring Ghanaian rap sensation, <strong>Kwesi Arthur </strong>– who also recently released his second studio album.</p> <p class="">The song addresses a lover, potentially taking liberty for license. In itself, it is a wake-up call to that lover to not get too, “comfortable.”</p> <p class="">You can listen to the song below;</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Nonso Amadi - Comfortable Ft. Kwesi Arthur (OFFICIAL AUDIO 2019)</figcaption> </figure>
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<p class="">Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, and Teni have all been nominated for the 2019 BET awards.</p> <h1>Nigerian music acts, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy and Teni have been nominated for the 2019 BET Awards.</h1> <p class="">The music stars have been nominated in the Best new international act and Best International act.</p> <p class="">While Teni has been nominated in the Best new international act category, Burna Boy and Mr Eazi have been nominated in the Best international act category.</p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/MDE7MDA_/f8130cd1e6b6a4a5ab8b9eab0449c54b.jpg" alt="Davido and Burna Boy have been nominated in the Best international act category [Instagram/BurnaBoyGram]"> <figcaption>Davido and Burna Boy have been nominated in the Best international act category [Instagram/BurnaBoyGram]</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">The 2019 BET Awards will air live on June 24, 2019, across seven Viacom networks including BET, and MTV.</p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/MDY7MDA_/43ab1e6d4ee20d7622913657776babdc.jpg" alt="Teniola doing her thing at the GidiFest 2019 [Pulse]"> <figcaption>Teniola doing her thing at the GidiFest 2019 [Pulse]</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">On the international scene, Hip-hop star <strong>Cardi B</strong> is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven nominations.</p> <p class="">Cardi B’s nominations include the video of the year with her hits “<strong>Money</strong>” and “<strong>Please Me</strong>,” with <strong>Bruno Mars</strong>. She is also competing for best female hip-hop artist, the viewer’s choice award and album of the year with her Grammy-winning major-label debut, “<strong>Invasion of Privacy</strong>.”</p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/NjA7MDA_/33ea4325-c56e-40f1-99d2-02cbbcd48a82.png" alt="On the international scene, Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven nominations [SplashNews]"> <figcaption>On the international scene, Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven nominations [SplashNews]</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">The 17the BET awards will honour the late rapper <strong>Nipsey Hussle</strong> with a posthumous nomination.</p>
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<p class="">The platforms will include a distribution arm, a publishing arm and a label services arm. </p> <h2>After a stellar 2018, the Nigerian superstar artist has since performed alongside Burna Boy at Coachella 2019. Another highlight of the past 12 months for the singer is the project his started, emPawa Africa. </h2> <p class="">According Eazi, <strong>emPawa Africa</strong> is a “service provider” that should not be conflated with his label, <strong>Banku Music. </strong>But in the short time since its creation, emPawa has started a campaign to give $5,000 to 10 individuals/groups. On its <strong>YouTube </strong>page, the project has put up music more than seven acts across Africa. </p> <p class="">Now, the singer has said he will officially launch other arms of the service provider on July 19, 2019. He made his proclamation on his Twitter account @<strong>MrEazi. </strong></p> <p class="">He wrote, <em>“I said it, and I am doing it! Empawa Distribution, Empawa Publishing, Empawa Label Services all Launch JULY 19!!!! Jah be Praised.</em>”</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure>
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<p class="">Davido, Burna Boy and Teni have all been nominated for the 2019 BET awards.</p> <h1>Nigerian music acts, Davido, Burna Boy and Teni have been nominated for the 2019 BET Awards.</h1> <p class="">The music stars have been nominated in the Best new international act and Best International act.</p> <p class="">While Teni has been nominated in the Best new international act category, Davido and Burna Boy have been nominated in the Best international act category.</p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/MzU7MDA_/c6de2cda341eea0eb9f830c78a458b70.jpg" alt="Davido and Burna Boy have been nominated in the Best international act category [Instagram/DavidoOfficial]"> <figcaption>Davido and Burna Boy have been nominated in the Best international act category [Instagram/DavidoOfficial]</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Davido, a three-time winner of the award category, has been nominated for his possible fourth win. The 26-year-old Afropop star won the BET award for an international act in 2014, 2017 and 2018.</p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/MDE7MDA_/f8130cd1e6b6a4a5ab8b9eab0449c54b.jpg" alt="Davido and Burna Boy have been nominated in the Best international act category [Instagram/BurnaBoyGram]"> <figcaption>Davido and Burna Boy have been nominated in the Best international act category [Instagram/BurnaBoyGram]</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">The 2019 BET Awards will air live on June 24, 2019, across seven Viacom networks including BET, and MTV.</p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/MDY7MDA_/43ab1e6d4ee20d7622913657776babdc.jpg" alt="Teniola doing her thing at the GidiFest 2019 [Pulse]"> <figcaption>Teniola doing her thing at the GidiFest 2019 [Pulse]</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">On the international scene, Hip-hop star <strong>Cardi B</strong> is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven nominations.</p> <p class="">Cardi B’s nominations include the video of the year with her hits “<strong>Money</strong>” and “<strong>Please Me</strong>,” with <strong>Bruno Mars</strong>. She is also competing for best female hip-hop artist, the viewer’s choice award and album of the year with her Grammy-winning major-label debut, “<strong>Invasion of Privacy</strong>.”</p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/NjA7MDA_/33ea4325-c56e-40f1-99d2-02cbbcd48a82.png" alt="On the international scene, Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven nominations"> <figcaption>On the international scene, Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven nominations</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">The 17the BET awards will honour the late rapper <strong>Nipsey Hussle</strong> with a posthumous nomination.</p>
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<p class="">Celebrities like Naira Marley, Uche Ogbodo, and Tonto Dikeh keep pandering to PR while their chosen art bears the brunt. </p> <h1>In the entertainment industry, publicity is sometimes as important as the content you are putting out. If you don’t blow your own trumpet, it will be like shooting yourself in your smallest toe with a bullet that dishes out pains the size of China. </h1> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Tonto Dikeh Visits Me At Home With Bobrisky For A No Holds Barred Interview.</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">That’s why <strong>Tonto Dikeh </strong>went on a <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/celebrities/tonto-dikeh-explains-why-she-called-out-ex-husband/tbw8xw5" id="6b38969d-d7e4-418c-af6b-9f49c686ac4d">three-day fight-fest </a>with the entire entertainment industry revealing shameful details of a marriage she once vaunted as the tastiest thing since <em>ewa agonyin</em> at Landmark. It’s why <strong>Bobrisky </strong>feeds his following phoney antics, almost on a daily basis. </p> <p class="">It’s why <strong>Tunde Ednut </strong>keeps doing giveaways. <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/celebrities/efcc-files-11-charges-against-naira-marley/6krk4je" id="dae9ed5e-486a-4670-9e1f-1b3a0d426ba8">Naira Marley </a>basically fed himself to the jaws of law enforcement by spewing some lousy nonsense unprovoked and shining the spotlight on himself. He has since been arrested. Who knew ‘<em>own goal is a goal’</em> was prophetic. Bravo to your king, Marlians. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Naira Marley x Zlatan - Am I A Yahoo Boy (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">It’s why <strong>Jussie Smollett </strong>A.K.A ‘The gay <strong>Tupac’ </strong>has probably ruined himself with his "MAGA Country" claims. It’s also why <strong>Uche Ogbodo </strong>has decided to serve us a hot plate of semi-nudes that we didn’t ask for as a shortcut to a comeback. </p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/ZjY7MDA_/154e7ed4c181f1ba6c2cc7ead84467d6.jpeg" alt="Uche Ogbodo sets the Internet on fire with nude photos for her birthday [TribemenAgency]"> <figcaption>Uche Ogbodo sets the Internet on fire with nude photos for her birthday [TribemenAgency]</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">There is a need for PR. That’s why entertainers and even sportsmen go on press runs when they have something on the cusp of release. That’s why some engineer the infamy now known as ‘publicity stunts.’ While people like <strong>Beyonce </strong>and the Nigerian alte crew feel too big for press runs, most people understand their pivotal stance in the industry. </p> <p class="">But like <strong>Travis ‘Yoh’ Phillips </strong>of <strong>DJBooth </strong>said in his May 16, 2019 article about the <strong>Rolling Loud </strong>concert in Miami, Florida, United States, “<em>Press is an option for artists, not a requirement, and still, daily, we waited. The waiting is what you don't see</em>,” and he is right. </p> <h2>The internet and social media era </h2> <p class="">Except you are in Nigeria where the dedicated social media usage comes from a niche crowd, social media is central to anything you do. The reason is simple; information dissemination is easier and dedicated following for entertainers now transcends oceans and crosses seas without as much as a wooden barge. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Fans of celebrities now get their news in real time. Obsession for celebrity news is now currency that even media channels now depend on. While publicity stunts have always been the in-thing, they were done in newspapers and pop culture-inclined magazines that were available at opulent costs. </p> <p class="">The flow of information was at the time, much slower than it is now. Artists basically needed a number of these stunts at alarming regularity to reach the level of notoriety they craved. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>How Is Social Media Changing Journalism?</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">While that worrying regularity is still required, even in this age, the process is condensed and attention spans are much thinner than they used to be. Multiple things now compete for the fans’ attention.</p> <h2>Sadly, clout-chasing is PR and it sometimes aids careers</h2> <p class="">The cumulative effect of this problem is that PR stunts from Nigerian entertainers and celebrities has now morphed into clout-chasing. Nonetheless, clout-chasing has its many positives for – mostly – people with little to no talent. </p> <p class="">We have seen careers skyrocket simply off clout-chasing - It’s a funny world. The reason is simple; clout-chasing and corny PR keep your name in the conversations - In this day and age, that’s money. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Nigerian ‘influencers’ are really the corniest and the worst content creations you will ever meet, but they get the bag. They’re always in the public’s tunnel vision with dead jokes and ‘<em>like for, RT for…</em>’ tweets. </p> <p class="">That’s the world we live in. The more retweets topics about you get, the more followers you get. </p> <h2>However, clout and baseless PR are still addictive and fleeting while careers are suffering</h2> <p class="">Clout-chasing is addictive and it requires significant concentration. For some people, it's a full-time job that pays the bills. Clout-chasing is also a distraction for talented people who actually garnered a following for the quality of their work. </p> <p class="">Thereby, it deflects attention from what the entertainer craves PR for. Thus, entertainers now subconsciously crave the limelight and fleeting conversations than more than praise for their craft while the quality of their work which initially gave them the spot in that limelight suffers severely. </p> <p class="">Sometimes, social media praises and clout-chasing even overlap. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>The Case of Jussie Smollett</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Nigerian entertainers need to go back to the drawing board. The focus has shifted from what publicity stunts are being created for. Quality continues to dwindle from the art itself. If they had the same energy for their art/craft as they have PR stunts and going nude, they would be greater. </p> <p class="">No matter what clout-chasing and ‘catfshing’ gets you, it’s all fleeting; the viral content you create, that continually gets you the clout is ephemeral. The consumers also have terribly short attention spans. They will soon get constipated on you, and inevitably move on. </p> <p class="">As much as you need great PR, you need to premise it upon a sound foundation that equates a good career. </p> <p class="">Uche Ogbodo is an actor without a string of good movies over the past five years. She needs to get her career in order and get some solid acting roles, and make sure she kills them excellently. </p> <p class="">If she doesn’t, these photos of her scantily clad body circulating the internet and sending hormones jumping will soon pass. <strong>Bobrisky </strong>and <strong>Tonto Dikeh</strong> will soon do some crazy thing and people will forget about her.  </p>
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<p class="">It seems the comedian has forgotten what he said in his first video. </p> <h1>Prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, it’s as old as time, but it still gets a bad rep. In all honesty, that is not going to change. As a world, we’re some way off the perception of sex as an offspring of morals. </h1> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> <p class="">That is why even the people fighting that, ‘<em>Ashawo na work</em>,’ are reluctant to say that they would be fine should their child want to pursue a career in prostitution, in porn or in any kind of sex work in the future. We’re victims of the values we grew on. No matter how much we try to outrun them, we can only shed them pragmatically. </p> <p class="">We have high standards of faux ‘morality' in Nigeria. This is a product of religion that Nigeria is supposedly founded upon and which Nigerians hold each other to. </p> <p class="">As a result of this, most Nigerians simply cannot process how sex work is a legitimate hustle, regardless of the reasons those prostitutes landed in that space – Comedian, <strong>Okon Lagos </strong>belongs to that class of people. </p> <p class="">He is a typical Nigerian. While a fraction of young Nigerians still have some – unresolved – reservations towards sex work, they at least admit that sex workers have rights and that such rights can definitely be trampled upon, even in the course selling sex.</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> <p class="">The average Nigerian instead covers his insensitivity by claiming the illegality of prostitution as support for his reservations against sex work, when the morality that birthed him is the reason he cannot see beyond his arguments.</p> <p class="">At times, this morality maroons as hypocrisy. During election season, Nigerians who claim to hate prostitution find ways to get themselves endorsed by the ‘Association of Nigerian prostitutes.’</p> <p class="">With all the back and forth concerning this issue, we must understand that Nigerian prostitutes have rights.</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>It's terrible when we give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Who justifies rape? Obviously not me. I think lots of people have problems with hearing and comprehension. Listen well again to the video I made. I never defended the animals that raped the girls. I only tried to open up another perspective to the crime they committed and that is robbery which attracts in most cases, instant death penalty by jungle justice while also condemning commercial sex hawking! Hear, Listen, Understand or shut up!!!</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Yesterday, off the back of the <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/nigerians-tell-police-to-stop-arrest-rape-of-abuja-women/s14vv63" id="8fe15217-2abe-49a1-b07d-2f10d187dce5">alleged harassment and rape</a> of certain prostitutes in Abuja, Nigeria, which caused both an uproar and protests, Okon Lagos got on his <strong>Instagram </strong>and intimated that prostitutes cannot be raped because they have no dignity - again, alluding to the morality of sex like an average Nigerian. </p> <p class="">He claimed that the rape of prostitutes was “<em>stealing”</em> and not rape because prostitutes have no dignity. </p> <p class="">He got incredible backlash from Nigerian social media users and got dragged by scalp like a Nazi in 1943. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Actor #OkoLagos defends the #Abuja policemen who r*ped ladies arrested over alleged prostitution</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">So, earlier today like a broken record and speaking in 'pure English,' the comedian then posted a video to supposedly clarify his position. In this video, he tried to bamboozle us with claims that rape was the same thing as stealing. Whereas, in yesterday’s video, he explicitly said that prostitutes could not be raped. </p> <p class="">He then captioned the video with the following, “<em>It's terrible when we give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Who justifies rape? Obviously not me. I think lots of people have problems with hearing and comprehension. Listen well again to the video I made. I never defended the animals that raped the girls.</em></p> <p class=""><em>"I only tried to open up another perspective to the crime they committed and that is robbery which attracts in most cases, instant death penalty by jungle justice while also condemning commercial sex hawking! Hear, Listen, Understand or shut up!!!”</em></p> <p class="">He was defiant and even showed the exterior of a person incensed. We don't buy the fake anger and outrage, the content of his second video is laughable. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> <p class="">While legally, you can argue whatever you want, you will still be wrong. Rape is the simple absence of consent. If you contracted a woman for sex on the condition of money, and in the middle, she tells you to stop for whatever reasons and you say no, it is rape. </p> <p class="">Equally, if she consented to have sex with you on the condition of money and you don’t pay her after you were done having sex with her, you have flouted the condition and it can be rape. While this cannot fly in a country where prostitution is outlawed, it is a reasonable argument for those who want to get it. </p> <p class="">Even worse, if you have not contracted a sex worker, and you then proceed into her abode to force yourself on her, the fact that you believed her a sex worker won’t avail you even if you paid her afterward. You forced yourself on her, even sex workers in any country consent to sex before they can have sex with you. </p> <p class="">Prostitutes can slap you if you touch them without their consent. It’s their body and touching without consent is a simple trespass. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Rape Is Rape -- Stop Making Excuses</figcaption> </figure> <h2>On Okon’s rebuttal video</h2> <p class="">Sadly, he had a point. But also sadly, the narratives in both videos are different. </p> <p class="">In the first video, he basically said prostitutes had no dignity and therefore cannot be raped. In the second video, he tried to fool us by saying that rape is the same thing as stealing because peculiar to both issues is a lack of consent – he is right, but there is a disconnect. </p> <p class="">In the first video, if he had joked like, <em>‘The policemen who allegedly raped the prostitutes should also be charged for stealing</em>,’ and got backlash for it, his second video would have made a little – not total – sense. </p> <p class="">The major problem with him comes is how he alludes that prostitutes have no dignity and therefore cannot be raped. </p> <p class="">His joke was crass and insensitive. His rebuttal is simply scatterbrained and equally stupid. </p> <p class=""><strong>What is then the solution?</strong></p> <p class="">There is no solution other than to respect the consent of people in matters of sex. </p> <p class="">The conversation now is not about the legality of morality of sex work, it is about a respect for human dignity in matters of rape. </p> <p class="">Without consent, whoever you have sex with, you have raped, even if the person walks naked before you and hawks sex with a megaphone. </p> <p class="">While we continue to struggle with the legality and morality of sex work, the only thing that matters is the respect for people's bodies and prerogative for sex. Being a prostitute is not an automatic consent for sex. </p> <p class="">The culture of entitlement has to stop. </p>
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