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Title:Beautiful Nubia's polemics on child rights and the leadership challenge in Nigeria
Author:Adegoju, AdeyemiISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1369-6815)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:popular music
political songs
children's rights
About person:Beautiful Nubia pseud. for Segun Akinlolu
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13696815.2013.822794
Abstract:Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band, formed and fronted by songwriter and poet Segun Akinlolu (aka Beautiful Nubia), is distinguished for a brand of popular music in Nigeria that has been influenced by major genres like highlife, afrobeat, hip hop, and indigenous drum languages. This article examines Beautiful Nubia's polemics on leadership failure in Nigeria and the attendant neglect of the Nigerian child. It provides a linguistic analysis of selected texts of Beautiful Nubia's songs, discussing the poetics and rhetorical strategies that underline the artist's anguish over Nigeria's entrenched development challenges and his anticipation of a changed state. It reveals that the artist cuts the figure of an agent of social change, who, through his popular music, raises the national consciousness on inherent sociopolitical problems in Nigerian society. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]