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MY ISSUES WITH DAVIDO’s MUSIC VIDEO “DAMI DURO” #SUPERBLOGGERS

Something about our values as a people…

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To start with, I know that this is one of hundreds of music videos with similar themes. However,I’m choosing to write about it as it is quite recent and my issue with it is very relevant to the present day attitudes of a lot of us young people.

Can someone please tell me what the first 30 seconds of the video was all about???!

Scene:

Poor waiter who unfortunately had to wait on a group of arrogant and self-obsessed boys made the ‘mistake’ of asking if they were going to pay for their drinks. The response he got was the intentional spilling of ‘expensive’ bottles of wine before having huge wads of cash slammed on his tray.

The message?

I am rich and I can do whatever I please no matter how egocentric I look.

My Issue:

I have a problem with the sheer arrogance portrayed in this video. I believe this is one of the roots of the major problems facing this generation. It is partly responsible for the current spate of scams, stylish or outright prostitutions and even armed robberies. A lot of young people involved in horrible things like yahoo, aristo (sleeping with older men for material gains) etc. mainly do it for this ‘Big boy/Big girl’ effect. Yes there are other factors such as parental upbringing, environmental influences etc. that contribute to these but having the despicable behaviourglorified in music videos does not help matters.

Who are we competing with? Why the incessant need to show off? Usually, people who obtain their wealth through hard work are not lousy since they know the value of money. I know this borders on individual personalities but I also know that spending or enjoying your money is no excuse for being downright disrespectful or lousy about it. ‘Fingers are not equal’ – does that make the thumb more important than the middle finger? That you are rich and someone else is from a more humble background makes them lower than you?

Back to the video, the waiter was clearly disrespected. That someone is waiting on you either as your hairdresser, house help or driver does not decrease their value as a human being. The lack of respect shown just because the waiter did not belong in their ‘class’ is deplorable.

I didn’t find the spilling of the drinks funny either. I have seen this done so many times. It does not make anybody look cool or untouchable; they just looked wasteful! If you have too much money, go give to charity or help people in your neighbourhood. I know that there are people that work hard and play hard too and in no way am I against having a party or chilling with friends. But these can be done tastefully without I repeat ‘being lousy’! To me, the dudes in the video did not appear cool. They actually looked like the ‘money miss road’ types.

Recently saw a picture of 50 Cent with wads of cash lining the whole stretch of his two arms. Sad thing is that a lot of young people see people who act like this as role models. Young peopleare being led to believe that being significant in life has to do with external and material things which is a blatant lie! But how do we go about correcting these mind-sets if these messages make up the majority of what young people see on the internet and television?

We should take a deep look at ourselves, outside of our clothes, our shoes and make-up, WHO ARE WE?

P.S: Someone tell the boy that nobody is trying to ‘da duro’.

Oluwapemi Elujoba

http://payme-my2cents.blogspot.com .

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