You know Nigerians are tired. We BEEN tired. We go out and we hustle daily for things that should be our civic right – basic things like light, water, petrol, good roads and basic healthcare and education. We do it because if we don’t, we will just die for nothing. Nobody listens, nobody cares. All this is already bad enough, but when you add the BOOSIT (Ibadan’s colloquial take on the word “bullshit”) that people tell you while you’re trying to go about your daily grind, it’s enough to make one foam at the mouth.
On this fantastic song about social injustice, lies and annoying spin, the chorus goes “Don’t tell me boosit, I’m not a bush meat. Don’t deceive me, don’t tell me nonsense…I am not an animal.” Hmmm…truer words have never been said/
Falz the Bahd Guy does what he does best and spits the truth verse after verse in his unique, witty, trademark Yoruba English way, but the seriousness of his message cannot be ignored.
When asked about the forceful stance and gritty message of the song, Cobhams says, “There’s a lot going on in Nigeria now. But because we love to be happy and dance and sing, sometimes some of these things don’t carry over into our music. But there’s much more to our lives than a nice beat or song. Artists hold the mic, which means we also have the power to address many of the key issues happening around us.”
Cobhams goes on to say, “We should stop being complicit, and hold our politicians, our pastors, our husbands and our wives accountable for the promises that they make. Let us be honorable because it’s the only way we can move forward.”
This may never be a club banger, but this song remains the truth for many, many Nigerians – both home and abroad. Boosit remains boosit and it still stinks to the high heavens!
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