Ok, in nearly all endeavours, Nigerians have made their mark. In the educational field, Nigerians are recognized for 'breeding' geniuses, in the movie industry, we have more than a fair number of actors/actresses with a respectable clout representing us in Hollywood. In Music, Sade Adu has crossed over into international stardom, with her hits played on at least one radio station in the USA.
Apart from Sade, I am now aware of any musician of Nigerian heritage, whose crossover appeal has received as much applause or adulation in the media, compared to their African counterparts. Several days ago, I was watching some of our musicians sing, and some of them, I noticed were imbibing American moves in their rhythm. Cant we all be original? I wasnt the only one who noticed it, for one of the ladies at the party also pointed that Nigerians are very good in emulating the western world (we tend to overdo, by the way, sometimes) and abandon our traditional moves, etc.
Look at their Senegalese counterpart, likewise the Malian , the Congolese and perhaps the Guineans. They are quite popular in the western world, despite retaining their own cultural rhythm in their music. Cant we do the same too? Attend a Nigerian party as one lady told me, Makossa is played, with much excitement, while our own hits, that are played are usually oldies, like "Sweet Mother (by the way, the musician was from Cameroon). We have talented musicians like Okosun, Essien-Igbokwe, Sunny Ade, and the rest, but what of the newer generation? Tuface and BankyW are quite popular in the Nigerian community in the USA, but really, how popular is the Nigerian music in the Western Nation?