There was a time when Nigerian music videos had a message and brilliant concepts. There was a time when music and music videos were about how creative an artist is with the message in the music, but it seems those days are long gone.
Then, music videos were a medium for artists to showcase their looks, dance steps and tell a story of their songs. But these days, caution has been thrown into the wind and their new form of entertainment is the display of gangsterism, sex and violence.
Boobs, butt or bust cleavage, naked laps and other subtle erotic parts of the body are displayed in music videos these days with reckless abandon. Our music videos have become a bad deal for the younger generation who tend to copy most of what they see on TV and the internet.
Studies have shown a connection between music videos and the violent behaviour of adolescents. The study also shows a relationship between the imagery displayed in videos and inappropriate sexual behaviours. In no particular order, we have listed 20 Nigerian music videos that will send shock waves down your spine.
Maheeda – Naija Bad Girl (2014)
Is it Caroline Sam? Yeah, you guessed right. No one else deserves this spot. Unless of course, Afrocandy releases a music video in the next couple of hours. Self-styled ‘Naija Bad girl’, this video created so much noise. Everything is laid out to the bare – nudity, weed and dirty lyrics. The video was directed by Frizzle and Bizzle Films.
Reminisce – Skilashi (2015)
Just like his previous sensual video, Tesojue, Reminisce continues to push the limits as far as releasing shocking videos is concerned. The Alaga Ibile crooner displayed the most of vulgar lyrics and obscene images in this video. The visuals are filled with different scenes where the video vixens can be seen dancing provocatively and occasionally revealing their bums. Again, the video was directed by Frizzle and Bizzle Films.
Jesse Jagz – Redemption (2013)
I wonder why some things that are termed “illegal” in Nigeria become legal just because they appear in music videos. Jesse Jagz and his vixen where busy ‘wrapping and puffing’ the banned marijuana, a.k.a – Igbo, and it seemed okay. What are we telling the society? Thanks to this video, it is now cool for other upcoming talents to smoke weed in copious amounts in their music videos. The video was directed by Mex.
Olamide – Falila Ketan (2015)
What message can be passed in a music video where bums are being shaken in the most obscene manner? This is the question that comes to mind when you watch Olamide’s “Falila Ketan”. All you can see in the video are skimpily dressed ladies twerking their God-given bums. It’s not the kind of video you want to watch in the presence of your children if you don’t want to answer inquisitive questions. The video was directed by Unlimited L.A.
Skuki – Silifa (2014)
This video is reminiscent of Timaya’s “Shake up your bum-bum” where ‘White’ video vixens were shaking their assets. Shot sometime last year, the song’s lyrics are empty and the video has no storyline. The shocking aspect of the visuals is the brazen manner the video vixens were shaking their buttocks. Little wonder it was tagged “NSFW” (Not suitable for work).
Niyola – Love To Love You ft. Banky W. (2014)
Before the video of this song was released, the beautiful RnB singer Niyola, posted a picture from the video shoot with her upper body laid bare, covering her breasts with her arms. This generated various negative comments on the social media. Love to love you is a love song with sexual connotations, provocative dance steps and erotic steamy scenes. The video was shot in New York and shows how Niyola loves to show love to her man. The video was directed by Kemi Adetiba.
Timaya – Bum Bum Remix ft. Sean Paul (2014)
This video falls into the category of a soft porn. This collaboration with Sean Paul is just to destroy the morality of Nigerians, very much like the original version. Lately, Timaya has been releasing sexually charged videos without thinking of the harmful effects it will have on the younger generation. I hope his children watch this. The video is directed by Shutah Films.
Wizkid – Expensive Shit (2015)
Though this song has an amazing Afrobeat feel, it still goes on to unveil some shocking raunchy scenes and suggestive dance styles. The visuals were shot in South Africa and capture Wizkid in the midst of skimpily dressed video vixens. Towards the end of the video, Wizkid cuddles one of the video vixens, puts her in a compromising provocative posture, as though he is ready to take her to the ‘Next level.’ The video was directed by Sesan.
Iyanya – Head Swell (2014)
This video, just like the other ones is rated 18+. It got a whole of Iyanya’s fans feeling cheesy. With every first view follows a mouth wide open. This attempt at a ‘Viral video’ and social media relevance almost fell flat on its face but makes our list because of its sheer shock value at the time it was released. The video is directed by Mr Moe Musa.
Seyi Shay – Crazy ft. Wizkid (2014)
Seyi Shay’s vocal dexterity is in no doubt, but same cannot be said of this music video which has many question marks over it. The visuals have various sexual scenes blended with provocative dance steps. In a particular scene, Wizkid is spotted in a romantic position with Seyi Shay. A short scene has Seyi Shay seizing Wizzy’s crotch. In another scene, Seyi Shay can be seen twerking on Wizkid. The video was directed by Meji Alabi.
Mr2kay – Bad Girl Special ft. Cynthia Morgan and Seyi Shay (2015)
Weeks before the video was officially released, behind-the-scenes pictures were unveiled to the public. A particular steamy picture of Mr2kay and Cynthia Morgan went viral, getting everyone thinking there could be more between the duo than just music. For starters, the video begins with Cynthia Morgan seductively walking towards Mr2kay in a revealing top, showing off her curves and cleavage, affirming that she is a ‘Bad girl’ for real. Another notable part of the video is a scene where the duo is in the kitchen caressing each other with Cynthia taking a sniff of her cigarette. The video was directed by Clarence Peters.
Flavour – Ololufe ft. Chidinma (2015)
Flavour made headlines years back when he passionately kissed Tiwa Savage in the video of the song ‘Oyi remix’. It generated lots of controversies and sparked dating rumours been the two hitmakers. This is 2015, and the suave singer is back to his kissing antics. This time, his partner in crime is the petite Chidinma Ekile and the video is ‘Ololufe’. Since the video hit the public domain, she has been heavily condemned. Though Chidinma has revealed that she is not dating Flavour, her fans are yet to recover from the shock of seeing her engage in such an offensive act. The video was directed by Godfather Productions.
Davido – Fans Mi (2015)
What comes to mind when you see guns, lots of cash on a table and ladies dressed seductively in a music video? Davido’s new video depicts these negative vices in no small way. Please, is there a music censor board in this country? What message is this video passing? Violence, gangsterism and sensuality I guess, so why is it in the market? And how do you know that the ‘cocaine’ used in the video is not the real thing? The video was directed by Sesan.
Timaya – Ukwu (2013)
If music videos are meant to be a vehicle to pass positive messages for the good of the coming generation, this video has done nothing but just the opposite. This kind of music videos promotes rape and incest in the society. The video was directed by Mr Moe Musa.
Tiwa Savage – Wanted (2014)
This video, which was released few days after her wedding, got a lot of people talking, wondering what really has gone wrong with the great creative art that the singer was known for overtime. The audacious video made many of the singer’s lovers to take a swipe at her because of the sexually explicit video. The video was directed by Mr Moe Musa.
Cynthia Morgan – German Juice (2015)
The ladies in this video swung it from the beginning to the end. It was shot on a sunny and summer-themed location. Cynthia Morgan sings on a groovy dancehall beat while the ladies were just shaking their big bums. The video is poor in concept and lacks the needed depth that should be displayed in a music video. The video was directed by Clarence Peters and Jude Okoye.
Pucado – Ukwu Nka (2013)
What does Pucado think he is doing here? Stark naked girls, with boobs and ass all over the place? And you call this a music video? When did Nigerian artistes resort to doing just anything for the fame and popularity? This music video and the many more like it shouldn’t see the light of day. It should have been banned! The video was directed by Clarence Peters.
Olamide – Story for the gods (2014)
Lesbianism is supposed to be a crime in Nigeria, worthy of up to 14 years imprisonment, so I wonder why Olamide is still parading the streets of the country free after this video of his did nothing but promote homosexuality. He had ladies of different shapes and sizes performing lesbian scenes in the video. A lot of moral and religious sentiments trailed the release of this video and people wondered if this video was right for viewer-ship especially by young ones. The video was directed by Unlimited L.A.
Durella – Club Rock (2012)
This is just madness! Who censors the music videos in this country? The video was directed by Clearance Peters.
Tonto Dike- Hi (2013)
Tontolet or Poco’s dive into the music industry was not expected to yield anything other than this. The most sensational Nollywood actress turned musician who prides in being called ‘controversial,’ released this video (which I’m yet to find out what it means) in 2013. Nigerians on Twitter made caricatures and aimed insults at her which went on for weeks. The video was directed by Gbemi Phillips.