I am sure most of you have seen the very controversial BBC's Welcome to Lagos. As you know, I LOVED the series. I watched every single one, and fell in love with the resilience of my people, and their ever positive "e go better" mentality. And it is stories of people like Vocal Slender aka Eric Obuh from Ajegunle, that give millions of struggling Nigerians hope.
Firstly, I have been so sick and tired of Nigerians complaining that they only show negative things about Africa and Nigeria. What the HELL is wrong with us and why cant we accept criticisms of the reality of our lives. Did they shoot that documentary in a made up world? It was NOT a script on a set, these were the stories of REAL Nigerians, LIVING and SURVIVING in Lagos, making the best of the miserable conditions that they find themselves. Was BBC making up the stories or forcing the people to say those things? It is the TRUTH, and it is a very bitter pill to swallow especially when it is dished out by another party.
Eric is now in London performing in shows and has a record deal! I cant wait to go and see him, he's truly inspiring! I have even downloaded his album from Itunes!
There is an interview with the cast from Welcome to Lagos in the Guardian
"A lot of people who know me, my friends, and my family, they don't know I work in the dump. They believe I just do music. And I want to keep it that way, so I will have respect. It's not that the dump is bad, because the money I get from it keeps my body and soul together, and helps me make my music" Eric
"I'm not ashamed to work in the dump. All my neighbours know that's where I work.I don't rob. I don't steal. I'm an honest person. What is important is love for your family. That's what drives you to walk that extra mile. If there was a dump that was stinkier than this one, where I could earn more, then I'd go there to work, just to make sure my family enjoys life."
Now that's true talk!