Indigenous patriotism is more than a virtue. It is next after appreciating and protecting indigenous rights regardless of status quo.
The following words; Remorseful, Grieved and Anger are words in my own opinion that best describe the tone, vocal delivery, lyrics and production of the song – My People.
The chorus: my people are dying / niger delta children crying / our rights denying … instantly gets you feeling pity for the Niger Delta citizenry with open endless questions popping up on what the government of Nigeria has been doing or would not do to better the living standards of the Niger Delta people, on the other hand we need not forget the international corporations in this region benefiting immensely from this deceit.
This song is not your commercial, romantic or club hit song. The lyrics: we mother, we father and we children cry… we loosing love once in twinkle of an eye… dem say Niger Delta we are minority they can’t develop our place… that’s why the ghetto youths can’t stop blowing dynamite are conscious, thought provoking and rich in its message which portrays citizens injustice to fellow citizens in the same nation.
Jah Wondah pours out his displeasure without a shred of sentiment as he calls on the Niger Delta ancestors to eliminate the lives and bestow evil calamities on Niger Delta traitors. Hmm! What a gut!
No doubt, it is not the only reality song to talk about the plight of the ‘minority’ but like the oroko tree, Jah Wondah’s My People song stand tall as a point of reference calling to mind the legendary Bob Marley’s song – War and also the 1964 UN aching speech delivered by Emperor Hallie Selassie of Ethiopia.
Like Jah Wondah, let Niger Delta and Nigeria (African), African Union, ECOWAS and the international communities begin to effect positive and impactful changes before the ignite of an untold revolution.