David’s hit song FEM was and is still a sensational song. It’s not hard to see why the song is widely popular. The song was said to stand for the type of music that releases the overly isolated lockdown pressure since it’s initial release. It can also be seen as a song meant to be a sing-along, or can be played in clubs/parties. Evidently the song was meant to fit any occasion.
In the weeks to come after FEM’s initial release, the song has been serving an important role in the an important event this unpredictable year. The youth of Nigeria have been marching into their streets to demand justice for the brutality caused by SARS Police, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Gradually FEM has been the go to representation for the message as it’s played in protest all across Nigeria. Clips have been roaming through out the internet of people sing along to the Davido’s hit as they protest. In one instance when governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu was trying to address the crowd, youths started chanting “O boy you don dey talk too much.” meaning “Dude, you talk too much.” This represented their dissatisfaction to the laws laid out by the government.
Of course this isn’t the first time music represented a protest. The deep rooted links between protest culture and Nigerian music has been going on for a long time. Transforming from protest against colonization of Nigeria and the exploitation of it’s grand resources by Britain and now protest against their own leaders.”Coffin for Head of State,” “Zombie,”Blood, “and”Sorrow, Tears, are all examples of some of the foundation-al anthems used for Nigerian protest. Over time more and more songs like African China’s “Mr. President,” P-Square’s “Oga Police,” Majek Fashek’s “Police Brutality,” Eedris Abdulkareem’s “Jaga Jaga,” have been representing protests all through out Nigeria. These songs give a detailed and first hand experience of police brutality overtime in Nigeria for far more than 50 years.
Davido’s FEM might stand for a protest like all those other songs but it is unique in it’s own way. where all the other songs sound like a sort of chant, FEM sounds almost staggeringly bullish.
FEM is unique because of it’s catchy rhythm and upbeat tone. It also especially connects to youths all over because it can relate to them on an emotional level.
When asked by Journalist about why he thinks Davido’s FEM has been playing in protest all around the country, Ugo Akachuku said, that it’s because Davido unlike many other people has been very vocal about police brutality, saying that “He has not hidden” also adding that “He has come out to contribute to #EndSars and he’s said things that young people have found comforting and things like that give you cult status.”
Unlike traditional Nigerian protest songs, FEM might stand for somethings a bit different. FEM can stand for joy and loneliness and that is genius because it can represent all the hatred, fury and all the disappointment that youths feel for the Nigerian government and can also be represented as a sort of salvation to their hurting. Not many songs do this on such a level. This is unexpected seeing as to if you first hear the song, it will be hard to believe that the song has anything to do with protest.
FEM admittedly might not have been made for this hard times but it continues to shine and help young people express all their furry towards the government at the same time giving them a sort of release to their vexation.