Where Are The Nigerian Female Rappers?

The face-off between rappers, Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj is probably the most talked about topic in the rap community at the moment. The intensity of the altercation between the two is high, with the rap divas involved, trading heated words through numerous diss songs. The cloud of attention gathered by this duel has risen above the realm of the Kendricks, Coles & the Drakes, well at least for the moment. Most rap music followers have been dragged to pick sides, even though some of us would rather enjoy weighing the cold words of attack being traded. Honestly, if you’d ask me, I’d say it is good to shuffle the cards every now and then. It is even more pleasing to see a healthy competition amongst female rappers. The emotions, the intrigue, the weighty punchlines and relentless spill of secrets is entertaining. No doubt, the fans are loving it.

I decided to take a break from the Nicki/Remy Ma show, to look for similar form of entertainment amongst the female rappers in Nigeria, but nothing of such can be found. The section for female rappers in the music industry in Nigeria looks desolated, with only sparse activities going on. In fact, it is difficult to point out as few as one rap diva making influence-commanding music at the moment. As such, talking about a face-off or healthy competition amongst female rappers looks like a long shot.


Tanzanian President arrests rapper for insulting him in his song

Tanzanian President John Magufuli, nicknamed ‘The Bulldozer’ who is well known for his no-nonsense leadership has arrested a rapper who insulted his government in his new song.
Emmanuel Elibariki who is simply known on stage as Ney Wa Mitego aimed multiple shots at the President in his new song ‘Wapo’, which has gone viral on social media.
Part of it asks ‘Is there still freedom of expression in the country?’
A police spokesperson who confirmed his arrest told a local newspaper that ‘Ney wa Mitego will be questioned for releasing a song with words that malign the government.’
His arrest comes just days after President John Magufuli warned media owners to be careful on how they use their press freedom.

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