Dbanj: The Nigerian with Subliminal Gravity for Fame

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‘In the world wild west, diamonds are found in the sky but in homeland Africa, we trample upon them underneath our feet’. This cliché is the caption with which I wish to introduce a super Nigerian icon Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known as D’banj. Here is one Nigerian youth with an attitude that makes a maniac out of fame. The true value of a man is not measured by the wealth amassed in banks and investments but by the wealth ‘number’ of persons he is able to affect.

D’banj is one artiste who has soared in the clouds of MCs where talents of his cadre are rare. A Nigerian who has taken the entertainment industry to the future, more especially at a time when the music industry in Nigeria is crawling to grip with the pace of lads of developed nations. Dapo has never been a fan of cheap popularity, his razz to reach out to the commoners has carved a niche for him, in the industry. D’banj is the founder of Koko Foundation borne out of sheer disposition to brace hopes for youth and peaceful coexistence. He is also Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace, a title he got unrivaled and undisputed.

His recent feat that has aced him as an Alfa Youth is his permeation into the fibre of national development. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwunmi Adesina recently acclaimed D’banj, as the Ambassador for the Nagroprenuers Initiative in Abuja. The programme has a medium term plan to engage 750, 000 young entrepreneurial farmers for the country, which will become the power-block in transforming Nigeria’s agriculture for food subsistence.

D’banj a typical Ogun State son of the soil, had a humble beginning but was raised under military formations courtesy of his father’s desires. Music had always been an expression around him, as he grew up with the zeal of a conquest. His humour was unleashed when he found the birth place for his musical dream, the JJC and 419 squad as opposed to joining a military squadron. His launch into limelight in 2005, with Don Jazzy as the ‘Don baba Jay’, is not unpopular with Nigerians. He is an afro R&B master vibrator, with a rare combination of simple-complexity that dazzle his fans. He endears them with humour like a comedian and still retains the seriousness of a business man, while his flexibility as an entertainer ice him up for your favorite taste.

Sometimes, a man earns population in place of fame. By this I mean, earning the love of multitudes of followers in place of winning ample fora to be seen and heard (the contemporary cheap popularity). If I were in his position, I think I should be contented with life. But, with his dexterity, he exudes the ambiance of someone who has done nothing appreciable, a real sense of an innate gentle man. As a youth in his early thirties, he has drawn the attention of the world to our humble nation.

He has made smiles out of many youths, home and abroad. He has invested more of his potential and personality towards ensuring the entrenchment of a new Nigeria for most youthful Nigerians.
Though the delectable ‘koko Master’ has not come this far without much criticism from so many quarters, he still has a warm rating among a wide spectrum of Nigerians. Outstanding, outgoing and representing, is all he reflects. He has won so many awards and laurels to his credit, right from the Mo’hit era to the present Sony Records era and others. So many multinational collaboration with foreign artistes has gone to his credit and, a recipient of both BET (2011) and MTV (2012) awards.
Music as we use to know it, has been demystified by the creativity of legendry talents in the time line of world’s history. The scheme with which D’banj has been able to harmonize like beats and notes, his flair for the art (music) and his desire for peace and development, has outsourced applauds. His support for Agricultural revolution in Nigeria and the continent of Africa is quite ravishing. The recent (2014) collaboration with about 19-African artistes, from 11 countries and 10 languages on the song ‘Do Agric it pays’ has sent a hope-router-vibe, across many agricultural and environmental enthusiasts in and around the continent. He has demonstrated a rare bravery that is uncommon in his age and world (the entertainment industry). This singular effort, confirmed that his past aspirations to lead the African youths out of poverty is not a joke, he is at the verge of making history in this regard. Here, is the reason I had to coin another conferment on him using his own AKA- De’ Big Afro Nigerian Jaguar.

The jaguar is a ferocious beast in the family of wild cats. It is spotted cat most closely resembles the leopard physically, although it is usually larger and of sturdier build, its behavioral and habitat characteristics are closer to those of the tiger. While dense rainforest is its preferred habitat, the jaguar will range across a variety of forested and open terrains. The automobile industry has also adopted the qualities of this wildlife for sports cars. The jaguar is largely a solitary, opportunistic, stalk-and-ambush predator at the top of the food chain (an apex predator). It is a keystone species, playing an important role in stabilizing ecosystems and regulating the populations of the animals it hunts. The jaguar has an exceptionally powerful bite, even relative to the other big cats. This allows it to pierce the shells of armored reptiles and to employ an unusual killing method: it bites directly through the skull of prey between the ears to deliver a fatal bite to the brain.

By comparison with the above traits, the metaphorical analogy ensue, “D’banj is resilient in playing his role in the jungle of Africa amongst other wild cats, who can also join in taming the ecosystem of this jungle, to create the needed balance for the survival of species. As the Juguar leads the revolution, let other jungle beasts join the pace so that we can all celebrate the feast of posterity, with the rising equality in wealth of species, to ensure survival and cast extinction of weaker species to the abyss”.

The reason for putting up this piece is not to flare up collars, his collars are raised already. But, I wish to call the attention of the Nigerian youths to one of its own, for support and emulation. More is yet to come from D’banj I suppose. Above all, I wish him the best of his aspirations, as I hope to see more of agricultural prospects propelled by his giant strides. I know that D’banj will be in the hall of legends soon, because agriculture is the core within which the fountain of our Naira resides. This is to imply that, among all the resources of our nation, here lies the only resource that can conveniently harness its potential to sustain our development and sustenance.

NB: for public clarification, this article has not been sponsored by anyone including the artiste in question. This is occasioned by observation and foresight of the efforts of a patriot (D’banj). In view of this publication, SetFron Ltd. in partnership with OpinionNigeria celebrate with D’banj over his achievements for Nigeria thus far. We look forward to soliciting his support over our initiative, AgriSMART. An ace project pioneering the re-engineering of agriculture in Nigeria on a cyber-land space.