It seems Naira Marley is bent on normalizing every single act that’s deemed immoral. First, his single ‘am I a yahoo boy?’ tried to lighten or decriminalize the concept of internet fraud, now his recently released ‘Soapy’ track that comes with an ‘imaginary-private-part-wagging’ dance style is dignifying public masturbation. And Nigerian youths, many of who proudly call themselves ‘Marlians,’ are vibing to this song and practicing the soapy move. What does that say about Nigerian youths?
Nigerian Youths Are Easily Swayed
Have some sort of influence or popularity and climb a podium to utter some nonsensical catchphrase to an audience populated by Nigerian youths and soon enough, those words will become a national anthem. The average Nigerian youth is easily swayed by power, influence or popularity. That is why you will see many of our young generation campaigning or doing dirty deeds for politicians that are no-good every four years. It is sad but that is what it is.
No Moral Compass
Visit Youtube and type soapy dance in the search box and you will see how Nigerian youths took out their time to make videos teaching others how to dance soapy. Like making a wanking gesture near your private part in the name of dancing doesn’t make you feel weird or rotten, you even went to the extent of capturing yourself doing so and showing it to the whole world. You are not guided by any set of ethical values?
In the name of ‘you only live once’ or ‘I cannot come and kill myself,’ everything is trivialized. Acts that should be questioned are embraced because we don’t want to be seen as a ‘duller’ or somebody that is too serious.
Poor Taste In Entertainment
When dance steps like one corner and soapy become a viral trend among youths, it makes one wonder if Nigerian youths even know what good entertainment is. How do we manage to find low entertainment like that appealing?
As disgusting as soapy dance is, it is growing in popularity like wildfire. And disgusting is exactly what it is. Even Guinness world record holder and popular dancer, Kaffy, is appalled by Naira Marley’s soapy dance.
“Am sorry but I can’t take this.” She vented on her Instagram page. “In the history of Naija dance, I have never seen a more disgusting immoral dance like the so-called soapy. It should never be encouraged. Am really disappointed.”
And yet, soapy dance is still trending. Why is that so?