2023 Election Day Playlist

2023 Election Day Playlist

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Expectations are sky high in Africa’s most populous nation as millions head to the polls to elect the next president and National Assembly members. If you’re set to exercise your franchise, an election day playlist, is a good way to stay entertained while you sparing the hours required to carry out your civic duty.

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1. ‘Jaga Jaga’ by Eedris Abdulkareem

When Eedris Abdulkareem released ‘Jaga Jaga,’ the single resonated with Nigerians and quickly became a hit.

18 years after ‘Jaga Jaga,’ Nigeria has suffered a further decline, and the poverty rate has significantly increased. ‘Jaga jaga’ captures the state of the nation in 2004 and it does today, and this painful lack of progress should inspire you to go out and vote.

2. ‘Shey Na Like This’ by Wande Coal

This song asks a burning question that requires a sincere retrospective response from Nigerians. With the country currently far from where it should be, this song will inspire you to go out and vote in the hope of having a new leadership that will steer Nigeria in the right direction.

3. ‘Jailer’ by Asa

Asa’s ‘Jailer’ is a sober reminder of the metaphorical jail that’s Nigeria and how Nigerians are locked in a psychological, economic, social, and religious jail.

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This song should spur you to grab your PVC and head to your polling unit in a bid to free Nigeria from the ideological, economic, and religious incarceration in the hands of the political elite.

4. ‘4 Instance’ by 2Baba

This classic record draws attention to the social and political issues plaguing Nigeria and which has continued to relegate it to the backdrop in the comity of nations.

This song will inspire you to not only vote but also to ensure your vote counts as you make your contribution to salvaging the country from its current state.

5. ‘Mr. President’ by African China

This song is still as fresh in memory and relevant today as it was when it was released in 2006. ‘Mr. President’ was African China’s reminder to the political class to govern rightly and ensure there’s justice, fairness, and equity in the land irrespective of status, religion, or creed.

It should be a reminder of why you need to vote and demand good governance. Looking for a song to keep you motivated on election day, this song should be added to your playlist.

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6. ‘Waving Flag’ by K’NAAN

This international smash hit brings to mind the colourful 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The patriotism it encourages should inspire you to vote so we can have a country we can be proud of.

7.  ‘Dull’ by Asake

Nothing to say here. Just keep singing along.

“I swear I no go dull

 I swear I no go dull

 I swear I no go dull

 Aje, I no go dull

 I swear I no go dull

 Wetin mama go chop?”

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8. ‘Monsters You Made’ by  Burna Boy 

In all honesty, Burna Boy’s ‘Monsters You Made’ is the perfect song to keep you motivated today as you go out to vote and stay behind to watch your votes counted. Looking for a song to keep you motivated on election day, this song should be added to your playlist.

9. ‘Owa’ by Falz 

Falz’s consistency in making socially conscious music is nothing short of admirable. Speaking on the song, Falz said, “As regards the current situation of the country, it is time for us to stop and get a new Nigeria.

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We need new leaders that can move this country to the right destination at the right time, and the time is now. We need to collectively shout “O’Wa!”

10. ‘Green Land’ by Ty Bello

Nothing to say, just sing along to the lyrics.

“The land is green, it’s green, oh-ohThe land is green, it’s green, can’t you see?The harvest is ready‘Cause the Lord of the harvest told me soIt’s green, it’s green for meIt’s green, it’s green for me”


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