In new single, IB shares societal concerns
New York-based artiste, Ibezim Okehi, has released his much-anticipated single, Fire in Nigeria.
Excited about his work, the artiste, who goes by the stage name, ‘Sir IB’, said, “I am a complete homeboy.”
Okehi said: “Though I live in New York right now, my love for Nigeria is inborn.
“It is just natural that my heart is here. And because my heart is here, I keep abreast with happenings at home.”
On the title, Fire in Nigeria, he said it captures what is happening around: Everyday issues that ordinary Nigerians talk about, complain about and seek solutions to.
“I am happy that I can talk about these things through my music. Of course, the things that people experience in Nigeria, today; the things that trouble their hearts and those things they want solutions for.
“I often speak with friends and loved ones who talk about their experiences daily in our country. And I am pleased to be home now and able to see many of these things for myself,” Okehi said.
“I believe that it is the people who are concerned that would easily find the solutions to the challenges facing them. Take, for example, children who are out of school. People in the immediate community should be worried enough to seek their little ways of how the children can be in school. If that happens, it makes it easier to get the government to act.
“I believe that the same thing applies to other areas where every day Nigerians face challenges; housing for example. Why would fellow Nigerians be on the streets when there are houses without people in them for years? Why would children be used for home keeping in other families’ homes when they could be within their own families and get some form of support?
“Why would the government not fix water supply facilities? Or let’s even ask, why would the community not put efforts together to ensure their water supply facility is secure and working?” Let’s even push a bit further and ask why college students would be away from school for so long.
“I love Nigeria and I will see it work and work well,” Okehi said.