Friday, December 31, 2010

Abuja Bomb Blast: A Condemnable Act of Terror - Dele Momodu

Just as Nigerians were bracing up to the shock of the multiple bomb blasts in Jos last week closely followed by reports of violence in Yenagoa and Ibadan, news of a bomb blast inside the Sani Abacha Barracks in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja on the eve of the new year has once again thrown our nation into grief and mourning. Unconfirmed media reports say casualty figures are on the high side.

The new year eve's bombing of the Abacha Barracks in Abuja, leading to the loss of innocent Nigerian lives is totally condemnable.

I sympathize with the families of Nigerians whose loved ones were affected by this deplorable act of violence and terror. I once again use this opportunity to call upon the government in Abuja to act speedily to restore calm and order to the capital city as fear and panic have begun to spread among law-abiding citizens.

I hope that all relevant security agencies will stop at nothing to bring the perpetrators of this recent horrible act to justice.

DELE MOMODU
Presidential Aspirant
National Conscience Party (NCP).

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Our Time Has Come to Rescue Nigeria - Dele Momodu





Our Time Has Come to Rescue Nigeria
By Dele Momodu

Our National Chairman,
Members of the National Executive Committee (NEC),
Other Party Officials,
Our friends and supporters,
Members of Team Dele Momodu,
Gentlemen of the Press,
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

Today marks a historic moment not just in my political career but in my life as a whole. God indeed works in mysterious ways. Tomorrow, December 19, 2010 will mark the 18th anniversary of my wedding which uncharacteristically was attended by Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN who was never known to socialize. Is it not strange and amazing, that today I am standing to declare for the political party founded by this great Nigerian? More still, is it not stranger that the National Chairman of this party fought one of his greatest battles as a lawyer for the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti who lived very close to this venue on Gbemisola Street some years ago?

The story of my life is not complete without its constant romance with the supernatural. I was born in a church and named Joseph. I dream big. And it was my dream of a better Nigeria that propelled me into taking a plunge into the murky waters of Nigerian politics. I had looked all around me, I had written thousands of essays, I had been involved in social activism from my undergraduate days, yet I noticed that things were going from bad to worse and our country was sliding perilously. There was no question in my mind that Nigeria has all it takes to be among the leading nations of the world. Our land is overflowing with milk and honey but there is little or none for the ordinary Nigerian to drink or lick. Our political landscape is littered with misfits. For a country that has produced some of the brightest brains on the face of the earth, it was both a physical and psychological torture to watch the nation fail in the hands of our "professional politicians."

I stand here today, grateful to God that a day like this has come. For me, this marks the beginning of a new order of things in our collective struggle to rescue Nigeria. My mission as a technocrat in politics is to rekindle our hope in the possibility of a new Nigeria that works. Today, I stand here knowing that my story is a part of the larger Nigerian story and that the need to build a new country out of the present rubbles must not be considered a personal ambition but a national assignment by every one seated here today in this room and the many more millions of Nigerians out there.

My decision to join the National Conscience Party (NCP) is based purely on principle. I am not looking for a job. If I wanted a job in government, then I would have rushed to the PDP where they share all the jobs. Today, I am happy to be welcomed home by my brothers and sisters at the National Conscience Party (NCP). This, for me, is a homecoming and together, I believe we can write the next great chapter in the Nigerian story. Nigerians have been crying and calling for change but in 2011, they have been confronted with the challenge of choice. One big question that has been on the lips of Nigerians is "We want to vote in 2011 but where are the credible alternatives to the current set of politicians"? Nigerians do not have to look too far. With a credible political party like the National Conscience Party (NCP) and Nigerians like me who have been welcomed to its fold, I am convinced we can make Nigerians believe again. Those who say Dele Momodu is not experienced enough to be the president of Nigeria are far removed from reality. It is only in Nigeria that we hear people say a customs officer can run for president, a police officer can run, everybody including illiterates can run but a man who was teaching A levels 28 years ago, a man who was private secretary to a Deputy Governor 27 years ago, a man who was a major contributor on the very influential opinion page of The Guardian newspaper 23 years ago, a man who was the founding editor of Leaders & Company 18 years ago, a man who was thrown into detention in 1993 by the Babangida government, a man who was forced into exile 15 years ago and was able to build a global brand from scratch under such tragic circumstances cannot run a nation where most of its past and present leaders have never done anything tangible for a living.

The news of my declaration for the National Conscience Party (NCP) attracted a loud ovation from Nigerians worldwide. For most Nigerians, it was a great move in the right direction. It was a masterstroke! But for a few cynics, the question was "What is he doing in Gani's party? Is he trying to take advantage of Gani's legacy to run for president in 2011?" For those who may not be aware, in a country where history is not compulsorily taught in schools and knowledge about individuals is scanty, it is only normal for such questions to be raised. For the records, those who knew me as a reporter would attest to the fact that I was one of the closets journalists ever to the great founder of our party - Chief Abdul-Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi. That mutual love between us endured to the very end. Gani taught me that you must always excel in whatever you do. You must settle for nothing less than the top position. You must be able to capture the imagination of your friends and foes alike. It is desirable to keep them guessing your next moves, while being consistent in your beliefs and ideology. Gani believed you must make a success of your own life through legitimate means before you can help the needy. He saw poverty as a cancer that must be fought with the agility of a pugilist. For him, education was a potent weapon against poverty. He detested any activism that could not uplift the dignity of man. Criticism, he opined, must generate positive results in man. He hated the traditional definition of an activist as a "miserable, squalid and perpetual grumbler." This was the basis for his elation when Chief Abiola became radicalized after June 12, 1993. He knew how difficult it was for such a man of means to leave his comfort zone and join the battle to free Nigeria.

Indeed, some Nigerians are experts in conspiracy theories. When the news of my declaration for the NCP hit the media, there were those who said: "Is Dele not aware that the National Chairman of his new party is close to an aspirant from another party?" But I told them, no one could be closer to Femi Falana than me; his friend and brother of over 30 years. Together, we fought many struggles right from school. There was never a time Nigeria was in crisis and I shied away from defending my country; be it under Obasanjo as a military ruler, be it under Babangida, be it under Shonekan, be it under Abacha, be it under Obasanjo again or be it under Yar A'dua's cabal. I was always steadfast on the side of the people. As a professional journalist, I have paid my dues. I have written essays about the Nigerian problem and its solutions. God had made it possible for me to create a global brand from nothing. I have used my magazine - OVATION International to cement a powerful bond between Nigerians and Africans at a global level. This product has provided employment for many of our youths with many spin-offs in the areas of media, fashion, lifestyle, hospitality, business and tourism among others. I have been a global player running our operations on all the continents in over 60 countries. I have promoted the unity of our people to the extent that if you go to a northern wedding today, courtesy of OVATION International, you find people dressing like southerners and you find southerners copying the fashion styles of northerners. There is no Nigerian today who is exposed enough who is not aware of the double brands called OVATION International and Dele Momodu.

I have studied the manifesto of our party; it's 10-care programme which is very similar to the one presented by my late mentor Chief MKO Abiola to Nigerians in1993 titled "Farewell to Poverty". I promise to enforce the cardinal objectives contained in the manifesto which we will soon make available to the world as our covenant with the people of Nigeria. They include; Employment Care, Food Care, Health Care, Housing Care, Education Care, Water Care, Electricity Care, Transportation Care, Telecommunications Care and Security Care.

Yet, even as I speak, there are those who are working hard to divide Nigeria and truncate this process of change; the shenanigans who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them today that there's no zoning or consensus Nigeria. There's no northern Nigeria or southern Nigeria. There's no Christian Nigeria or Islamic Nigeria. There is only one Nigeria! We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance and loyalty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Not placing personal and party interests above our nation's interests. In the end, that's what the 2011 presidential election is about. Should we fold our arms again and watch our nation fail before our very eyes? No, our time has come to rescue Nigeria!

I look forward to a robust contest in our party primaries and I promise that if I emerge as the flag-bearer of our great party that together with our leaders and members, we will enforce the basic tenets of our party's manifesto for the Nigerian people.

I thank you for your attention.


THE TEXT OF A SPEECH DELIVERED BY BASHORUN DELE MOMODU AT THE OCCASION OF HIS DECLARATION FOR THE NATIONAL CONSCIENCE PARTY (NCP) ON DECEMBER 18, 2010, LAGOS, NIGERIA

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Write-The-Future! Win N5 MILLION!



The Dele Momodu Presidential Campaign Organisation has commissioned Write-The-Future - a national competition in search of the best national development manifesto for the people of Nigeria written by a Nigerian.

The well-researched manifesto must have a bias for welfare and people-centered policies touching on all key areas of national development. Submissions must be presented with evidences of research, relevant data, facts and figures, references with a very practical outlook of issues addressed. Entries must be written in very readable and straightforward language.

The adjudged winner(s) of the Write-The-Future competition will be awarded a cash prize of N5 million (Five Million Naira) at the end of the competition when all entries have been assessed by a select panel of seasoned Nigerian technocrats, politicians and professionals. Aside from individual authorship of manifesto, joint authorships by a group or team are welcome though the same cash prize of N5 million will be awarded to whichever individual, group or team emerges as winner.

All entries should be sent to writethefuture@delemomodu2011.com and must reach the Dele Momodu Presidential Campaign Organisation on or before Monday 13th December, 2010.

NOTE: Participation is FREE and requires no registration. All entries become properties of the Write-The-Future Competition on the point of submission.

For more information, please visit www.delemomodu2011.com/writethefuture OR CALL 08123308670, 08055069220

Thursday, October 21, 2010

SING4VOTE AND WIN N2.5 MILLION, N1.5 MILLION, N1 MILLION!



SING4VOTE AND WIN N2.5 MILLION, N1.5 MILLION, N1 MILLION!

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE? VERY SIMPLE. FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW:

1. Any one can participate. Create and produce a none-minute song (jingle) in Pidgin, English, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and any other Nigerian language of your choice for the Dele Momodu 2011 presidential campaign. The recorded song (jingle) should end with "OUR TIME HAS COME. VOTE FOR CHANGE. VOTE DELE MOMODU FOR PRESIDENT, 2011."

2. Write in not more than one hundred (100) words a music video concept for your recorded song (jingle).

3. Send the recorded song (jingle) in MP3 format along with the music video concept, your full names, phone number and address to sing4vote@delemomodu2011.com

4. Wait for the announcement of the thirty (30) shortlisted entries. They will be contacted and invited to a live event in Lagos where they will compete for the final three (3) winning positions.

NOTE; PARTICIPATION is FREE and open to all Nigerians both at home and in diaspora. ALL entries automatically become properties of the SING4VOTE Competition on the point of submission.

Deadline for submission is Tuesday 30th November, 2010.

For more information, visit www.delemomodu2011.com/sing4vote or call 08123308670, 08025367571.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

N5 Million to be won in the Write-The-Future Presidential Manifesto Competition

N5 Million to be won in the Write-The-Future Presidential Manifesto Competition

Coming a day after it unveiled the SING4VOTE competition - a competition in search of the best presidential campaign jingle and music video concept for the Dele Momodu 2011 presidential aspiration, the Dele Momodu Presidential Campaign Organisation has commissioned Write-The-Future - a national competition in search of the best national development manifesto for the people of Nigeria written by a Nigerian.

The well-researched manifesto must have a bias for welfare and people-centered policies touching on all key areas of national development. Submissions must be presented with evidences of research, relevant data, facts and figures, references as well as a very practical outlook. Entries must be written in very readable and straightforward language.

The adjudged winner(s) of the Write-The-Future competition will be awarded a cash prize of N5 million (Five Million Niara) at the end of the competition when all entries have been assessed by a select panel of seasoned Nigerian technocrats, politicians and professionals. Aside from individual authorship of manifesto, joint authorships by a group or team are welcome though the same cash prize of N5 million will be awarded to whichever individual, group or team emerges as winner.

All entries should be sent to writethefuture@delemomodu2011.com and must reach the Dele Momodu Presidential Campaign Organisation on or before Monday 13th December, 2010.

In a statement issued from the Dele Momodu Presidential Campaign Organisation, National Coordinator of the campaign, Ohimai Godwin Amaize said these two competitions were part of Bashorun Dele Momodu's vision of reaching out to the Nigerian people both young and old in a bid to encourage widespread people participation in the shaping of our nation's future. "The SING4VOTE and Write-The-Future competitions speak volumes about the type of governance the people of Nigeria will experience under a Dele Momodu presidency. Ours will be a people-centered government that speaks to the yearnings and aspirations of the Nigerian people at all levels," he said.

Date of the formal launch of the Write-The-Future Presidential Manifesto Competition will be announced soon.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tahir didn't deserve to die

Tahir Hassan Zakari Biu was too much a fine gentleman to have been wasted just like that. He was an amiable young man who put smiles on the faces of all those around him. He was lively. He always spoke to me and his friends about his dream of a new Nigeria. I first met Tahir in 2007 during my national youth service at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abuja. Memories. I remember those days very well now. It's just like yesterday. We became friends in a few weeks of my arrival at the Commission and enjoyed such a warm relationship thereafter. Under the mentorship of Dapo Olorunyomi, the then Chief of Staff who was our boss, we became a family of young people; myself, Tahir, Abdul Elayo, Oby, Kalu, Sunday Ogidigbo - altogether young people with a dream and passion to build a new Nigeria.

The incident that caused Tahir's passing has thrown up a lot of questions on my mind. How could this happen right at the center of the nation's federal capital territory with all the security around? What was done about the warning issued by the perpetrators of this heinous crime? Now what was MEND trying to achieve by wasting the lives of innocent Nigerian citizens? Tahir and all others who died were not the problem. They are not the root of the problem. They didn't deserve to die. They didn't have to be sacrificed on the altar of Niger-Delta politics just like that. If it is frightening how life has become so cheap in Nigeria, it is even more dreadful that no one, not even those in authority are safe.

What a shame. At the tender age of 27, Tahir's dream of a new Nigeria has been cut short by the failings of the same system he believed so much in. It was enough that some of us thought there was nothing really spectacular to celebrate about Nigeria at 50. Still, we believed and expressed hope in the possibility of a new dawn only to be thrown into mourning with this irredeemable loss on a day we mustered faith to celebrate 50 years of great expectations.

When the news hit me last night, I was too dazed, too shocked to cry. But this morning, I wept like a baby. I remembered my last phone conversation with Tahir, just about three weeks ago. He was teasing me; "Ohi, I hear you are with Dele Momodu. You won't come and support Mallam? We dey miss you here o." He said that in reference to the former EFCC Chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and I replied, laughing, telling him not to worry because we were one big family though we were on opposite sides of the 2011 presidential campaign.

I use to help Tahir with his Facebook; he knew I was very active online and gave me his account details so I could do for him some of the things he couldn't do by himself. This morning, logging into that Facebook account threw me into deeper grief. I just can't believe he's gone...

I pray for his parents, his widow (they wedded only last year) and their little baby girl. Only the Almighty God can grant them the strength to bear this loss.

The time has come for us to wake up from our apathy as a people. Today, it's Tahir. We don't know when the next bomb will explode, where it will explode and who will be the next victim. The future of Nigeria is in the hands of its people. If we can rise in 2011 to determine with our votes, a new set of credible leaders who can give us a future, Tahir and all those who have died as a result of the failure of the Nigerian system, would not have died in vain. 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Story of OUTRAGE: A MUST READ!




PATIENCE is a young Nigerian entrepreneur. She wants to light up Nigeria but PHCN and the generator importers won’t just let her be. It is bad enough that she’s running at a loss buying diesel to power the generating set in her factory but the diesel is not even available for her to buy! PATIENCE is tired of the frustration. And as if that is not enough, her beloved mother, COMFORT and her 12-year old kid brother HOPE are slaughtered in cold blood during the killings in Jos! Now she’s left without COMFORT and HOPE. She’s disillusioned. Apparently, no one is coming to her rescue as the government seems unconcerned about her condition. In her quest to get her life back on track, she gets married to RAGE. Together they give birth to a child called ANGER. Within a few days, ANGER has grown into a brave young man called OUTRAGE. Now, you’ve got to see OUTRAGE. He’s such a fearless and resilient young man and he’s not sitting back complaining and whining on Twitter and Facebook like his parents. Every day, he’s screaming ENOUGHISENOUGH! But his landlord CHIEF DIMEJI JONATHAN DAVID is not taking him seriously. He’s being taken for granted like the little baby-boy ANGER. But he’s not distracted. His mind is made up. Whether they like it or not, he’s doing something about his frustration. On Tuesday the 16th of March in Abuja, he's marching with his friends to the National Assembly. And guess who’s leading the train to the National Assembly? His cousin ACTION!

For the Future, We March!


2011 will mark a redefining moment in the history of our nation. If we do not register to vote, we cannot bring about the wholesome national transformation that we seek. If we cannot identify our leaders now and begin to mobilise support for them ahead of 2011, we need no prophet and no soothsayer to foretell that we are set for one of the biggest generational setbacks of the century!

Yes we may hold conferences and seminars; yes we may inspire the attitude of change in hundreds of our young people; yes we may continue the talking and I say yes, all that is good. But pray, how can we guarantee our future if we allow crooks and criminals to be voted into the seats of power?

Today's so-called Asian Tigers were not known for talking too much. They took ACTION! In 1989, the Tianamen Square revolution which led to the collapse of communist governments across the world was championed by students! Ask the Ukrainians about the Orange revolution where over one million people consistently took to the streets in freezing weather to demand for truth and justice!

Or is it the Iranians of very recent memory who far away from their comfort zones, took to the streets in their millions to fight for the cause they believed in? Even America, the world's greatest democracy is not left out with a long history of national greatness anchored on mass ACTION! Where are the Martin Luther King Jnrs of my generation?

Countrymen, citizen soldiers, should we wait till our nation becomes a pariah nation like Somalia before we awake to the reality of our national predicament? Four years have gone since they promised us 6,000 mega watts of power. See how they scramble among themselves over the allocation of oil wells when they have failed to give us a solution to the fuel crisis! Is this what the founding fathers of our country laboured for? Where are the fruits of the labours of our heroes past?

On Wednesday, March 10 and Tuesday March 16, 2010, Nigerian youths drawn from all sectors of the economy under the coalition – ENOUGHISENOUGH – will storm the city of Abuja to articulate concrete demands for credible leadership. But the struggle will not end in Abuja. It’s just the beginning. We will return to our various constituencies and circles of influence to begin mobilisation of fellow youths for the 2011 elections. We must get them to register to vote, vote at the polls and stand with their votes to the finish!

Countrymen, citizen soldiers, the die is cast and nothing shall stop us. On these two days, we march! For honour, we march! For our country, we march! For the future, we march! No fear, no pain...into the gates of Aso Rock we march; men and women, old and young, citizen soldiers, brave Nigerians....fearless for fatherland...we march!

Wouldn’t you rather come with us?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

‘Maga No Need Pay’: Nigeria Gets Creative to Fight Cyber Scams

http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/blogs/mscorp/archive/2010/02/03/maga-no-need-pay-nigeria-fights-cybercrime-with-song.aspx

By Tim Cranton
Associate General Counsel, Microsoft

This week, a new pop song hits the airwaves in West Africa with a highly unusual message: Don’t be seduced by cybercrime.

Cybercrime is a global issue, but perhaps no form of cybercrime has been more associated with a region than the advance fee fraud collectively known as “Nigeria” or “419” scams (419 is the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud). Through schemes such as fake lotteries, bogus inheritances, romantic relationships, investment opportunities or – infamously – requests for assistance from “officials,” scammers promise an elusive fortune in exchange for advance payments.

West Africa is by no means the only source of these scams, but the region is stepping up to address their impact in a variety of creative ways.

419 scams have taken root in Nigeria’s popular culture. Scammers enjoy a rebellious, “cool” mystique, even producing songs and music videos that celebrate their own audacity. At the same time, 419 scam victims around the world are often stigmatized as na├»ve or gullible, which discourages many from coming forward.

This week in Abuja, Nigeria, members of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit and Microsoft Nigeria are meeting with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission of Nigeria (EFCC) and other international stakeholders to plan programs to combat Internet fraud in West Africa.

One particularly innovative effort is a campaign to redirect the energies of young Nigerians drawn into cybercrime, which is known locally as “yahoo-yahoo.” On the campaign’s front lines are 24 ambassadors for the Microsoft Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (MISSPIN). These young Nigerians work with local communities throughout the country to help establish productive online alternatives to Internet fraud and educate the youth of Nigeria on avoiding the trap of cybercrime.

MISSPIN Ambassador Ohimai Godwin Amaize is working to shift cultural perceptions of scammers and their victims through the B.L.I.N.G. project, which unites some of Nigeria’s most influential musicians around the problem of cybercrime. Their song, “Maga No Need Pay,” challenges young Nigerians to resist the temptation of “yahoo-yahoo” and avoid creating more maga, or victims. The song, an Afro Hip-Hop and R&B fusion, is intended to help inspire both national and international audiences.

I’m also proud to announce that on September 7-10, the EFCC will convene the 1st West-African Cybercrime Summit in Abuja. Coordinated by the EFCC, Microsoft, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) and the International Mass Marketing Fraud Working Group (IMMFWG), this conference will bring together an international group of political leaders, decision makers, criminal justice authorities, industry representatives and other stakeholders from Africa and around the world to help:

  • Raise political awareness and commitment to combat cybercrime
  • Build capacity for scalable and sustainable solutions
  • Develop multi-lateral cooperation

These are by no means the first steps taken to fight advance fee fraud. In 2008 Microsoft joined with Yahoo!, Western Union and the African Development Bank to establish the Advance Fee Fraud Coalition. Last fall, Microsoft, Western Union, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Trade Commission launched a public safety ad campaign in Bing to help warn consumers about financial fraud.

Cybercrime knows no national boundaries. To fight it effectively we must embrace a variety of approaches – technological, legal, and cultural. Motivating individuals to reject cybercrime and pursue legitimate ventures begins with campaigns like MISSPIN and the B.L.I.N.G. project. With awareness, education and partnership, we can help make the Internet safer for the whole world.

I encourage you to check out “Maga No Need Pay” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGCnl6O6bnE. For more information about advance fee fraud in general, please visit http://affcoalition.org.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

MAGA NO NEED PAY: The Lyrics





This song was recorded for the B.L.I.N.G. project which was initiated by Ohimai Godwin Amaize as an ambassador of the Microsoft Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (MISSPIN) a joint campaign by Microsoft and Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) which seeks to re-direct the energies of young Nigerians from cyber crime to positive online engagements.

The B.L.I.N.G. musical collaboration project which enjoys the sponsorship of Microsoft has the benefit of having Cobhams Asuquo as producer, and an impressive line-up of artistes who volunteered to support the B.L.I.N.G. project: Banky W, MI, Modele, Omawumi, Rooftop MCs, Bez and Wordsmith. Also, several Nigerian celebrities like Fela Durotoye, Dele Momodu, Denrele Edun, Ofunneka Molokwu, Iyanya etc turned up at the video shoot which held last week in Lagos.

The song as well as its video has been scheduled for release this February. Below are the lyrics of the song:


Intro:
Echo: Eh!...Eh!...Eh!...Eh-Eh!...
Maga no need pay!
For me to buy correct motor,
For me to take make my dough,
Maga no need pay!
Eh! Eh!
Maga no need pay!

Verse 1: Omawumi
Reminiscing as I walk to my car,
Thinking about how it used to be,
For Ekpoma, I dey ride okada and most times I dey soak garri,
I wanted to change the way I lived
But I didn’t have to do those things.
Now I’m rolling VIP
And all the girls wanna be like me, yeah...

Verse 2: Modele
You ask me how I deal with my reality,
Gotta tell you truly it ain’t easy, no!
I feel the pressure to find something wrong to do
Then I remember you reap what you sow!
Now I’m sitting staring at the screen of my computer,
I’m thinking really hard about what truly matters,
What with all these data, just to catch a maga,
It could have been my father, or someone else’s brother

Chorus: Banky W, Cobhams Asuquo & Omawumi
Maga no need pay!
For me to buy correct motor,
For me to take make my dough
Maga no need pay!
No need for me to go cafe
I hustle hard to make my pay
Maga no need pay
No need to do Yahoo-Yahoo (to do Yahoo-Yahoo)
Maga no need pay!
Eh! Eh!
Maga no need pay!
Eh! Eh!...Eh! Eh!

Verse 3: Banky W
Seven in the morning, it’s a brand new day
Eyes still swelling, still at the cafe
Hustling real hard from Sunday to Sunday
Hoping someday that maga will pay
But maga no need pay
For me to live correct
They call me Mr. Capable, I gat my self-respect
No need to do Yahoo-Yahoo for me to cash a cheque
I don’t need no maga, just work harder now

Verse 4: Bez
Tell me what a boy like me should do
Thought I heard the guys that rule do Yahoo-Yahoo
And if I do not do it I’m uncool
I’ll be a fool to the girls in school
But maga no need pay to get a good degree,
Or have a great opportunity
Don’t have to hack and attack,
Make use of CD cracks
We’re keepin’ it original, now you know my swag

Repeat Chorus

Verse 5: Rooftop MCs (Soulsnatcha & Sokleva)
Soulsnatcha:
Twale officer!
What’s the problem sir?
Or there’s a law against cruising in a Range sir?
Sokleva:
I don’t know what you think we are,
Cos we roll in fancy car?
We’re making the sweet money,
I call it the candy bar.
Soulsnatcha:
All those wey maga pay,
Where dem dey today?
I’m straight no deceit,
My money get receipt!
Sokleva:
I don’t mess with cybercrimes,
But I make the cypher rhyme.
I get paid for my time,
Don’t need to scam a dime!

Verse 6: Wordsmith
I’m your role model’s role model,
There’s no second guessing whom...
Wordsmith was made to make you change like a dressing room.
I’m living proof that there’s dignity in labour,
My bars is life imprisonment and this is hard labour.

Verse 7: MI
My father said I was a star before I ever spit a bar,
He said when you travel far,
Don’t forget who you are.
Represent Nigeria,
Represent for Africa.
Even when the things were hard,
I place my future in my God, (Yes, yeah)
See my nation’s reputation suffers much condemnation,
This’ our situation.
Are we cybercrime criminals? No!
We are the mineral resources of our fatherland,
We must rise and take the stand.
Every day heroes are born,
All stereotypes are torn.
Things we did to cause us harm,
We off that and now we on,
Hard work, positivity,
Truth, reliability
Expose your ability,
Change our reality,
That’s word! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

Repeat Chorus 2ice

Outro with chorus in the background: MI
Cheer!
Nigeria!
Yeah, yeah...listen everybody,
Put your BLING up right now!
BLING in this case means we’re Brilliant, we’re Legitimate, we’re Inspired, we’re Nigerian and we’re Great!
It means that we do not have to do anything that we ought not to do to make money y’all!
We just gatto apply ourselves and work hard and be creative and innovative.
Be truly Nigerian.
We will get there, y’all!

Chorus till fade