Nigerian singer Dolapo Dada who goes by the stage name Didi Sweet muzik has joined a host of other well-meaning Nigerians to lend his voice and drag the attention to the living conditions of less privileged Nigerians due to the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
He further reiterates that Nigeria’s federal and state governments have acknowledged the devastating impact that the COVID-19 is having on the livelihood sources and overall well-being of the citizenry but he added that they need to go beyond that and deploy more resources, creativity, and transparency to ensure that the basic necessities of life is available for everyone and particularly within the reach of low income Nigerians especially.
The singer recounts his experience growing up, back then in Ebute-Metta, Lagos about how a good percentage of Nigerians are living below the poverty line without basic amenities despite Nigeria having the biggest economy in Africa and expresses fears that the economic impact of the Corona Virus might become unbearable for less privileged Nigerians. The economic assistance that the government announced in response to the pandemic which was supposed to cushion the negative impact of the virus on Nigerians have alternatively exposed major inadequacies in the social protection systems for the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people and I believe that Nigerians deserve better than that Didi continues.
In his immediate community, Didi Sweet muzik has donated over 1000 face masks along with foodstuff for the poorest as his own way of making sure posterity is preserved even for the less privileged. “Do we keep quiet, fold our arms and watch our future being wiped away? We can’t afford that” – says Didi as he urges fellow artistes and other well-meaning Nigerians to rise up, lend their voices against the social injustice, and also give back in every way that they can.
Didi is on a path to rekindle the old fire in the African music space; being influenced by the likes of Fela Kuti, Didi Sweet Muzik’s relentless message of love, hope, and against social injustice is sure to put him in the hearts and minds of his rapidly growing audience not only in Nigeria but on a global scale.