First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! You gotta admit, 2017 was war, so the fact that you survived means you are a hell of a lot stronger than you think and fate has a lot of great things in store for you this new year.

Now let’s get right back to business.

One of the most important things that define good music/songs and makes you stand out from the rest is your lyrics. Sadly, many, many Nigerian artists neither have a clue nor truly give a damn about good lyrics as most songs have the kind of lyrics that can make your ears bleed. Please, if you are one of such artists, leave your bad lyrics in 2017!

To help you become a better songwriter, here are 7 ‘typical Nigerian’ things you can easily write about/make a good song out of.


Economic Problems

Election year will soon be upon us, which can only mean one thing: every political party will start campaigning soon. If Fela Kuti were alive, trust that he would have no doubt dropped an album in the course of this year talking about how the government we once again trusted, failed us. You can do that too. It doesn’t have to be really damning, but just making the people remember their struggles (like Tekno’s Rara) and the failure of the government to make good on their promises (like African China’s Mr President) can go a long way. Remember, music can reach places that political campaigns can’t (that’s why politicians usually enlist the help of musicians to make songs for them). Music is an awesome method of activism.


Over the years, the nation has become more divided than ever; the North and South are at subtle war, the East wants to succeed once more, the Igbos are having problems within themselves, the people in the west keep unlooking, violence, terrorism, etc. This year can be a year we take a great leap forward in the dream that is ‘One Nigeria,’ and you – a songwriter – can help make that dream a reality. Songs like Cobhams’ Ordinary People are perfect examples of this.


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