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Tiwa Savage at The Headies: The night ‘Mummy Jam Jam’ became part of Nigeria’s Codeine crisis

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Tiwa Savage wasn’t in her best element at Saturday’s Headies Awards.

There as no wardrobe malfunction, neither did she fall off the stage, her much-anticipated performance however was disappointing.

Tiwa Savage shocked fans in the audience and online when she performed Codeine Diet, the street hit that she and Reminisce were featured on by DJ Enimoney.

We then wonder, did she really have to perform that song?

Tiwa Savage has been near perfect as a member of the MAVINS.

She remains the most successful female musician in the country. Her decision to hop on the ‘shaku shaku’wave is further proof that she can experiment with unusual sounds and get away with it.

Meanwhile there’s a widespread epidemic of Codeine abuse in Nigeria right now.

It is a common sight to see users drink copious amounts of codeine to get high.

It has become a crisis of sorts, with the Senate revealing that over three million bottles of the syrup in northern Nigeria alone!

As art often imitates life, it wasn’t surprising that Nigerian musicians hopped on the trend to make music.

There has been no end to the codeine references in songs, from Small Doctor’s Penalty to Olamide‘s Science Student and the aforementioned Codeine Diet.

Now one does not expect these men and women to be choir boys, certainly, they’re allowed a vice or two. One is not also not naive to imagine that some of them are not addicted to a few substances.

This writer in particular, has said on several occasions that Nigerians need to hold their public officials to the high standard they do entertainers.

At a point in anyone’s career, they attain a level where they cease to be inconsequential.

Tiwa knows that and that why on the Codeine Diet song, she attempted to self-censor by saying ‘protein’ instead of the problematic word.

However during the performance in question, she not only sang the chorus along with the obviously inebriated Reminisce, she pranced around the stage in excitement.

There’s also the issue of if the song should even be on the playlist at all, seeing that is has such unapologetic drug use references, but that’s a different conversation in itself.

Whilst one does not excuse Reminisce, the rapper has always made no bones about his affinity for the ‘streets’.

His own were-were is part of the persona. To expect him to behave differently is an exercise in futility: Alaga Ibile will always come across as an ‘area boy’.

His latest song is titled ‘Ajigijaga’, after the Yoruba movie character who was a thief. Go figure.

On the other hand, Tiwa is the one who has positioned herself to be ‘Mummy Jam Jam’.

Her son is an essential part of her brand. Her identity is carefully curated to portray her as a loving mother who just happens to be an entertainer.

Jam Jam features well on her social media page. At the very least, it doesn’t sit well that she doesn’t have a problem with the coedine theme.

Like political commentators on Twitter say, the optics are bad.

Worse still, the recklessness of her performance went beyond mere perception and the irony of making light of substance abuse must have been lost on her.

In 2016 when her marital crises first became public courtesy of an early morning Instagram meltdown and a near suicide by her husband, Tiwa Savage’s well-orchestrated narrative was ‘TJ was on drugs and had addiction issues’.

She kept emphasizing that she loved him still and would want him to seek help for the resultant mental illness. ‘Even if it was weed, I can still manage. But cocaine?! Ah….’, she famously said in the interview.

So what has changed now, that Ms Savage thinks codeine abuse is something flippant?

Her repertoire is so rich that she could have chosen any song at random and it would still be a hit. But she chose this problematic track.

All around the world, entertainers are using their platforms for greater good. Kim Kardashian, for example, is working with her country’s government to free a woman who has been wrongfully imprisoned for twenty-one years and counting.

In his own unique way, even Davido enjoined his entertainers to help other people with their platforms as he picked up his award as Artiste of The Year.

At 37 years old and as accomplished as she is, Mummy Jam Jam should not be random.

She is too successful not to be a role model. Young people who are dealing with addiction should not turn the tv on and see a powerful woman like her wax lyrical about codeine.

There’s a serious dearth of role models in this country. By her thoughtless choice to perform Codeine Diet on the biggest entertainment event of the year, she made herself part of the problem.

There’s ‘tone-deaf’ and there’s ‘irresponsible’.

Tiwa Savage was the latter on that night.

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BBNaija Star, Kiddwaya Shows Off His New Look (Photos)

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Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Kiddwaya took to his Instagram page on Wednesday to show off his freshly colored hairdo.

The reality TV star, whose real name is Terseer Waya, switched up his look as he dyed the center of his hair to brown.

Taking to the photo-sharing app, Kiddwaya uploaded a couple of pictures of himself cladded in a Versace rainbow robe and he wrote;

“We no longer shoot for the stars. We shoot for every God damn thing up there”

Read Also: Kiddwaya replies fan who asked him if he has “paid the debt” he incurred

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Burna Boy Fires Shot; Says “Some People Can Perform But Can’t Sing”

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Popular superstar singer, Burna Boy, has once again reignited feud rumors after he fired some shots via his Snapchat account.

The self-proclaimed ‘African Giant’ raised fans’ eyebrows when he threw a subtle shade, which many believe might be aimed at his colleague, Davido. Burna Boy shared a post which reads:

Some people can perform but can’t sing, some people can sing and perform. Quality over hype.

Information Nigeria recalls that the singer, who was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Best Global Music Album’, was seen celebrating with his family and friends.

The ‘Way Too Big’ crooner earned himself a chance to compete for the ‘Best Global Music Award’ category at the the 63rd annual Grammy Awards scheduled to hold in January 2021.

Read Also: ‘You Are Looking At The Champion’ – Burna Boy Reacts To His Grammy Nomination

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MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) Returns In 2021; To Be Held In Uganda

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The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) has returned after taking a break in 2016. The seventh edition of the prestigious music awards show will be held in a re-imagined virtual format in Uganda on February 20, 2021.

The official Twitter page of MTV Base Africa has been updated to show all the necessary information regarding the upcoming awards show.

The 2021 edition of the awards promises to be exciting as four new categories have been added namely the MAMA Generation Change Award, Best Fan Base, Alone Together Best Lockdown Performance and Personality of the Year in addition to the highly coveted categories – Best Male, Best Female, Best Song, and Best Collaboration.

Read AlsoFull List Of Winners At MTV MAMA Awards

Nominees will announced in December 2020. Bonang Matheba remains as the host of the event.

The MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130).

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