Written By: Philip Azuquo
Many people that know me today find it hard to picture me as a rapper.
yeah, I was a rapper and got on stage to rap in front of crowds and my
last live show was in my 2nd year in the university at the Miss UNN
pageant. It was my first time rapping on stage in UNN and it was my last
But hey, right before then, I used to be a singer way back
in secondary school (Science College). I had a boy band and we were the
FLAME in our school…Oh well, we were actually known as FLAME (a.k.a
Outlawz for Christ).
Okay, go ahead…laugh.
Yup. I and my friends came together and we formed that group. Almost every Sunday,
we would get on stage in our school’s chapel and sing different songs,
including Acapellas. We were tired of having boring chapel services and
thought of how to spice things up so we and other students don’t die of
Every time we got on stage, the girls/guys used to be
thrilled. You could literally see people run out from the bush and other
places they hid to ‘dodge’ evening chapel and into the hall whenever we
got on stage and shouts rent the air.
People looked forward to
coming to the chapel expecting us to sing. The once ‘so boring’ evening
chapel became a ‘goer’ for students because we made it lit anytime we
got on stage and because we never announced if we’d be on stage at any
service, students showed up almost every other Sunday hoping we would get on stage.
as we shone on, a group of junior students came together and tried to
do what we used to do and were bent on doing it ‘better’ than us. My
group saw it as competition but I told them I was glad we had inspired
others to join in making the Sunday evenings lit and that they’d help us keep the chapel charged when we weren’t performing.
gave them the spot and they were the ones on stage for a while. Then,
on the last Sunday before our graduation, they had planned for it to be
their biggest performance but they had issues during their performance
because some were trying too hard to outshine others and they ended up
making a mess out of the whole thing.
I looked at my guys and told
them we had to go up there. We nodded…we grouped up outside…sent word
to the chapel prefect and he excitedly ran and announced that FLAME
would be on stage that evening. The chapel went up in flame (pun
intended) as students screamed in excitement.
We got on stage,
sang and then switched to rap and yes, the place burned down
(Figuratively). Screams everywhere. The whole place was something else
and people actually ran and followed us when we left the stage.
this, the younger guys met me and one of them that was close to me
confessed that they had grouped up to replace us. That they had wanted
to outshine us and make us irrelevant because most of his class mates
felt we were ‘doing’ too much.
You see, that is the problem right
there. I and my group got on stage to drive away boredom from school and
make people look forward to evening chapel but these young guys
actually grouped just to drive us off stage and become the ‘superstars’.
is the conflict amongst and between generations today. Most people in
the younger generation usually try to replace their peers and even those
older in the profession without understanding that the original purpose
of doing what is done is to better society, not to be seen as the ‘best
superstars that ever liveth’.
Many of them expend their energy
trying to ‘overtake’ those they should be meeting up to be mentored by
or shown the light as well as those they should be ‘collaborating with’
to do better. Many run with slogans like ‘takeover’ and the rest and
even pray in church asking for grace to take over and outshine others.
They miss it.
are called to a noble cause. Whatever we do here on earth should be to
better life here. Life is not a rappers’ beef/dis track. Life is more
like a duet or group song with each person on it aiming to thrill the
listener, not compete with the others.
We miss it when we see
others as competition and expend our energy and existence on trying to
outshine them or take their spot. That mentality is so much a goner.
out and work with people in your field of pursuit or endeavor. We are
not at war. We are all in this life together. Young people, work with
each other and even an older colleague. Older people, bring the younger
guys in on what you do.
Most of the professions you see today were actually started by noble
men for a noble cause that would help humanity. Many young people come
up and without knowing the right reins about their profession, they fly
into practice with a vow to beat the others and be the best…as if that
was the reason that profession was ever set up.
Let the baton of nobility be passed from generation to generation.
us actually know and do what we are here to do, without the faulty
mentality of ‘taking over’ or outshining the other. Life is about
succession. Let the noble teach the newbies and let them in turn show
their peers the noble way to life on earth.