Davido’s emulative gestures and goodwill
Instructively, Davido did not rob Peters to pay Pauls; he smartly and covertly used his fiduciary duty in the music industry to ask rich Peters to help the poor Pauls in our dysfunctional society – Yahaya Balogun.
FIRST Hadith and the Bible divinely say: “Man shall be judged according to his intentions.”
The intertwined and jointly quoted Hadith and Bible above has always been my moral compass to navigate the right paths in a dangerous, fake, beautiful, aggressive and contradictory world.
There are two groups of people in Nigeria: The first group tells their children that if you don’t go to school, you’ll end up like the less privileged citizens in society—-that group of people is negative, we should not emulate them. The second group tells their children that if you study well, you’ll be able to impact lives and make the world a better place for the less privileged people and humans—-that second group of people is positive; they should be emulated. Davido falls into the latter category.
I am more old-school when it comes to listening to contemporary music. That may be why I was oblivion or a newcomer to the ace musician-Davido’s stardom in the Nigerian music industry. My to-and-fro every day in my car on the road for mundane work is usually spiced with Ayinla Omowura’s Apala music, Saheed Osupa, and Sikiru Ayinde Barrister’s unique and full of wisdom Fuji symphonies. So I researched the young musician’s music career and personality. But, alas! Davido actually mutated from the late handsome Isiaka Adeleke family, the first Executive Governor of the then brand new state of Osun.
According to Wikipedia, “David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer. After releasing “Dami Duro,” David rose to fame, the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo. In 2012, Davido won the Next Rated award at The Headies. This incredible and talented artist made the most uncommon gesture that will blossom some good hearts for some time to come. Davido solicited monetary gifts from his friends and well-wishers for his birthday. In an instant, the donations swelled to several millions of naira from friends and fans’ donations into the bank account Davido presented.
Davido did the almost unthinkable in a land seemingly consigned to a wasteland. He rekindled our hope for a better Nigeria. David Adeleke is another sine qua non in a nation begging for responsible leadership. Let’s emulate his kind gesture to make life more meaningful for the oppressed people in Nigeria. Instructively, Davido did not rob rich Peters to pay poor Pauls. Instead, he smartly and covertly used his fiduciary duty in the music industry to ask rich Peters to help the poor Pauls in our hapless society.
Yahaya Balogun wrote from Arizona, USA.