This song by the late Ayinde Barrister comes to mind whenever I see near naked artistes flaunting their…well, other talents on TV, social media and the pages of our magazines.
The lines went: Show me your koko sell…omoale trurosa – show me your manhood, the bastard in your trouser.
And we see plenty of koko on sale in today’s showbiz abi showbodi world. If the guys are not busy showing us their butt cracks and nearly tripping over themselves because they want to sag, the babes are competing to out-jiggle each other’s boobs in our music videos. Could it be that one of the criteria for being a Video Vixen is how hard you can bounce your boobs like felele ball? Is it something like ‘bounce well in one video, get two videos free? Who knows?
Sex sells for sure, and if you don’t believe me, see below:
Take the newbie, Emma Nyra, for instance, she recently claimed her boobs are her selling point- way to go Emma!
We have borrowed too many bad influences from our foreign counterparts. Think about American artistes like Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and you begin to get the picture. Last month we were inundated with hacked selfies of celebrities in their birthday suits. Now, will it come as a surprise if we wake up tomorrow to learn that some smart alec has hacked into the phones of our celebrities to dredge up nude selfies.
The only way to be relevant, it appears is to show us your body and the more our artistes show us their bodies, the more talented we think they are. Why else would Tiwa Savage go almost au naturel in the Wanted video so much so that virtually nobody remembers what the lyrics were about but all of us recall her near nakedness on the cover? And before you say, aha! Tiwa Savage isn’t alone in this hatred for wearing decent clothes on stage; Nollywood has boarded the same train; our actresses shed their clothes faster than you can blow a whistle and immediately slap their nudity in our faces on social media. Names…
And now that I have thought hard about it, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, may have been the first of our home talents to show off too much skin but compared to what happens now many would ask, ehn, Fela used to be naked?
Show business goes beyond mere talent, certainly. It is both business and entertainment; to us fans and rewarding, in terms of the bottom line, to the talented artiste.
Though we won’t go as far as naming names but if truth be told, many artistes would be out of business if they had no body to flaunt.
To close, here are some wise words from the delectable Emma Nyra: “It’s not that I flaunt them but part of your selling point as a female artist is your body, your voice, your look, your hair, everything.”
Hummn, is that what your mama taught you?
photo credit: Maheeda
photo credit: flavour
photo credit: tiwa savage
photo credit: emma nyra