Everywhere you find young folks now, you can be most certain that some fads and trends can never be far away from them. These fads usually range from the dress culture, to the language and slangs, to the music and dance and to a very large extent, the behavioural patterns too. And personally, I believe that social media has to a very huge extent influenced the spread of all of these fads which also affect the way that our young folks behave.
Away from my grammar, let me try this:
“Won tipo chemical po: awonomo science student.
Kosewekosegbo: kosewekosegbo” or ‘Legbegbe’, ‘Something Light’, “OmoWobe” and most recently, “Science Student”.
I’m certain that no matter how “churchy”or religious you claim to be, for those that are though o! (Before some people will crucify me), you would say that you have never heard these songs or slangs played or said in some certain places. Even if you don’t play it yourself, a friend or even radio stations around play these songs everywhere and they have become slangs that people use on a daily basis.
I can never forget the One Corner dance or more of madness that some people from Ghana called dance, with its highly sexually suggestive theme and moves. However, this one particularly drove Nigerian youths and I dear say still drives people mad. Ask me the reason and my response is; Omo, I no sabi o!
I remember my personal beef with this ‘One corner’ song and my personal resolve never to include it in my song library, until I was at a wedding and even older folks came requesting for the song, I had no choice but to download immediately and the response to the song when I finally played it was epic.
The point I intend driving with this article is the progress of mainly dance moves and slangs among Nigerian youths and the fact that slangs and fads are transient and transitional.
Before now that the dance popularly known as Shakushaku became this popular, you would recollect with me that Shoki was one dance that drove people crazy. No Nigerian music video was complete without various forms and styles of the dance shown in the video.
Moving on, prior Shoki was the Skelewu dance, made popular by the Omo Baba Olowo, Davido. I also recollect that before the Skelewu dance was the very popular Azonto dance that was an African export for a very long time. This particular one was so popular that almost all the foreign artistes, especially Americans made videos of themselves trying out this dance step, although some were very awkward while at it.
Nowadays, you hear ‘Oshapranpran’, ‘Omowobe’, ‘Ibile’ and other slangs that have been made popular through songs made by our artistes and spread through the social media.
Before the social media boom, some ten (10) to fifteen (15) years ago dance moves such as ‘Yahoozee’, ‘Garala’ and ‘Shuo’ were the move that reigned then, but not anymore.
This constant change and transition leaves me wondering what the trends, fads and slangs would be in the next decade. I can’t even start imagining what the next dance moves that would capture the dance scene would look like. I just hope it wouldn’t get awkward, off-putting and crazy as the One corner dance.