It was a rainy morning and Lagos has started with its drama, piles of cars driving bumper to bumper no one trying to back down for the other… I was in the cab as I couldn’t phantom struggling with other road user for the small portion of the tarred road not yet destroyed by repeated use. Then the sound from the radio caught my attention…the duty announcers were laughing and making jest..then it hit hard…The Tonto Dike drama. It was like the song was put on auto repeat, the sound couldn’t just leave my head, the lyrics…arrrghhhhh…..the disjointed nature….*(*^(*&*&%*%$#Q..
I could hardly imagine what this was until I read Jide Salu’s blog, and then I’m thinking this content made some sense…Jide’s content.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
That was a quote by Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th American US President said about critics.
You know what I dislike about some particular critics, its the fact that they are cowards. They either register fictitious email accounts to hide their insecurities or register their comments anonymously. I have no problems with someone who may be shy to post an encouraging comment, but surely…..you can’t be shy to post a disparaging comment towards someone who has dared to do….
And that takes me nicely to the Nollywood Actress Tonto Dike. An obviously hard-working lady whom I had never met.
So this lady is an actress, and she has a passion to sing and she went about it with the vigour of her acting skills. That was the sin this lady had committed judging by the slanderous comments towards her…and the unbelievable thing is that she is having fun and having a laugh. She is the doer, the statue that has been erected whilst a majority of social media anonymous critics are the pigeons busy searching for statues to poo on….
I came across a write-up posted on Y’naija….I thought it was spot on. It’s posted below.
While her style, lyrics and vocals were widely panned to unanimous negative reviews, I learned something instrumental (no pun intended) from her.
1. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF: While I may not know her, and haven’t listened to her debut, I think it takes a high level of self belief to take a chance on yourself. When last did you take a chance on you?
2. JUST DO IT: Don’t talk about it, be about it! My brother, Pastor Jerry sent his broadcast this morning and said ‘There is only one time that is important in life;It is NOW! NOW is the most important time because it is the only time we have any Power over. Have a sense of urgency over your destiny!’
Are you still saying I WILL DO IT or can you say like my fave female rapper, Eva, I DON DID IT!
Year don nearly end o!
3. HAVE RESULTS & PEOPLE WILL TALK ABOUT YOU!: Nobody celebrates you for a great idea you haven’t made happen! During the last 24 hours, Tonto Dike has been the subject of national conversation; from Blackberry broadcasts to mentions and TRENDING on Twitter. (And for a ‘celebrity’ (from the root word, celebrate), fame or notoriety is pretty much everything).
I wonder how many thousand times her song has been downloaded, shared, blue toothed and broadcast?
Think about it.
Imagine if she was being paid N100 per download…hm.
Where’s YOUR SONG, YOUR BOOK? Where the EVIDENCE of YOUR LIFE? Who’s talking about YOU?
So, back to Tonto’s Music. Good music? Bad music?
The jury is out. You decide.
The bottom line is YOU COULDN’T IGNORE HER!