“Egungun be careful na express you dey go” seems to be on almost every Nigerian's lips lately. The slang was extracted from a song titled 'Egungun be careful' which surprisingly enough was released almost two decades ago.
The mastermind behind this hilariously whimsical song, Abass Akande, popularly known as Obesere, has recently revealed in a recent interview with Punch, that his sudden come back to the music industry is not that much of a shock to him, as God had told him that his music would be promoted from generation to generation.
He said, "Firstly, I thank God. Being able to be relevant over a long period is what professionalism is about. There is something we call ‘playback’ in the music industry — that is a song that has a long lifespan and is still relevant years after its release. Any song that doesn’t have ‘playback’ is not good. In my song, Overthrow, I sang that I, Omo rapala, had taken over. That record is still being played and other albums such as Mr Teacher, OBTK, Asakasa are still relevant. Many of my albums are like that. It’s just that Egungun Be Careful is the most trending at the moment. It is God that made it so and He told me that He would promote me from generation to generation. It is a big plus for me and I appreciate everybody associating themselves with me”
The song began it's 2020 come back sometime last month when the ban of motorbikes and tricycles in Lagos was first declared and the song, alongside its equally amusing video, was used as a meme on Twitter in reference to the new laws of Lagos.
The fuji artiste also stated that he would soon be releasing a remix of Nigerians' apparent new favourite song. “I would soon release a remix of that song (Egungun Be Careful). You know it was the restriction of motorbikes and tricycles by the Lagos State government that led to its resurgence of the song. The song was basically used to tell motorcyclists to be careful on the expressway,” He said.