By Preye Campbell
For the better part of 2019, nothing brewed controversy like the tag ‘Marlian’. And the president of the Federal Republic of Marlians, Afeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley, understood that.
Dominating airwaves and being the talk of the town for all possible, moral tarnishing reasons, 2019 was, indeed, a ‘Marlians’ year. And maybe that was why DJ Cuppy got the initiative and clamoured for a Marlians Day, one that was happily given by ‘Mr. President’ and heavily supported by another A-list musician.
And here we are. The first year of the Marlians. We have seen 2020 in the highest possible definition and a little, quiet, mischievous thought may come to your mind. One like; fighting moral decadence was a small fry compared to fighting a pandemic.
Don’t get me wrong, Naira Marley sparked national outrage in 2019. From being accused of Cyber fraud, to going to jail.
From the protests against his arrest to being given a ‘hero’s welcome’ upon release by a now growing base consisting mostly of youths. From his morally disturbing lyrics and music videos to a new level of ‘rules’ for every Marlian. Of course by now, his fan base had grown exponentially. No manners everywhere, you can’t quickly forget his year.
Most people still hold moral decadence in the highest disregard and while I may quite agree with this, I didn’t hope that I could trade those events for a global disaster that has claimed lives – still claiming lives- and economies.
Things are what they are at the moment and we all have our conflicting views. But for what it is, I will happily combat Marlians than viruses.