By Joy Isi Bewaji
So the singer, Dammy Krane, booked a jet flight with stolen credit card numbers. TapJet, a private jet booking service shared this on twitter, and as should be expected of a people without electricity, potable water, efficient transport system, food, basic amenities or any kind of functional infrastructure, Nigerians came out in their numbers to curse out the Jet service company. Why? -Because it is not such a big deal to be fraudulent. Like Davido’s hypeman said, “your fathers too are stealing, it’s a Nigerian P.” Davido himself has come out to demand Dammy Krane’s freedom. Twitter users are hyperventilating and accusing TapJets of racism. Allow me to fart out loud. We are so ridiculous, we should be ashamed that we even breathe in oxygen.
A young man, barely 25 years old, with no proper qualifications apart from a few songs that managed to spread across Nigeria, was caught trying to book a private jet flight with stolen numbers, yet all we can think of is racism??? We are more concerned that TapJet called him out on Twitter than the crime he committed. What about focusing on this disgraceful trend of living above our means? What about putting ashes on our heads for the abysmal faux lifestyle of many generations? How do we even begin to, in some ways, make light of this situation?
Allow me to sound like an old weary woman, but I am tired of what we have become, and the dishonourable legacy we have left for the younger generation. There’s no desire for the patient journey to true wealth, which is both physical and mental; we are only interested in getting rich, and in many instances we don’t care how the riches come about. We just want to “hammer”.
Dammy Krane has a few pictures on Instagram where he is, of course, lounging in a private jet. In true selfie mode, he takes pictures from the stairs of the jet, to the inner luxury where he sips coffee, eats jollof rice and also reminds us that it is the Lord’s doing.
It is not only absurd that we are grooming an entire generation, stretching to three generations into the century, that are mentally lazy, fixated on money and largely unintelligent, we also have managed to rid them of their clear conscience. Even in the center of crime, fraud and transgression, they blame everyone except themselves, they take no account for their offense, and still claim to be blessed and favoured by a God. There is no redemption for a people like Nigerians. The minute you refuse to recognize your wrongdoing, and bury it in depraved, delusional and self-righteous wells of religion, you are far gone into the abyss of destruction.
We are destroyed. Our youths are destroyed. See how they defend a crime so blatantly. It is a shame and a worry. We have all become hustlers. Just get rich however way you can, nobody questions anything. Even the so-called religions where you expect some form of sanity, have washed their hands off any decent approach to healing the land. We are left to our wiles and ignominy.
We need young people to get knowledge. Even the Bible says, “first get knowledge and understanding…”. We need young people to go to school, get properly educated. School in this context is not a four-wall institution; it is an ambience where young people should understand the importance of self-worth, value, consequences, dignity and the true journey that leads to wealth.
Phew! What have we done? We have allowed our politicians corrupt the psyche of generations- from X, Y to Z and beyond. When leaders in public office steal without flinching, almost with pride and guts, claiming to have been blessed, it burns the moral fabric of society. We have been scorched by sleaze and dishonesty.
Dammy Krane is the true example of the annihilation of principles, fortitude and self value.
Music is a very tricky profession. When one Wizkid wins, hundreds of others fail. It allows for very lean number of success. In Nigeria, with the drought of development and infrastructure, the opportunities are leaner. What we should always ask is: how do celebrities make money enough to live luxuriously? After all, they don’t earn luxuriously. The average Nollywood actor gets N400,000 for a role. That’s basic salary for many middle-class workers. How can many of these celebrities justify their wealth? Yet they are tempted to live under the illusion that people look up to them to determine how success should be; so they stretch their income to impossible lengths, and pursue a life of sham.
What legacies are we living for our children in a society rid of commonsense and diligence?
Joy Isi Bewaji is the Managing Editor/Director of Happenings Media: Happenings Magazine (www.happenings.com.ng); and Happenings Radio (www.radio.happenings.com.ng)
This article was first published in Daily Independent