Nigerian Hip-Hop and Youth Identity

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Today, youth are surrounded by different influences from friends, family, social media, etc. During person’s youth, they are trying to figure out their identity. Nigerian hip-hop music is growing in popularity and has a lot of influence on the Nigerian youth and beyond. It has a large emphasis on incorporating English and Nigerian Languages in their song which allows them to connect with youth all over. Nigerian music today is able to send out positive or negative messages to the youth. It can send out music about women, money, power, and sex or holding your government responsible for their promises. Since the youth are searching for their identity, they could either be influenced negatively of positively for the music. Some artists that have big influence on Nigerian music are Tuface, D’banj, and P-square. These men are able to incorporate English into their music by using code-switching. Tuface, D’banj, and P-square are able to reach more youth with the use of code-switching in their music. The men are also able to influence the identity of the youth through their music and how they present themselves. With that amount of influence they have, comes a great responsibility to use their power to be a positive role model and to lead the youth towards a positive identity.

Nigeria is located on the west coast of Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, and between Benin and Cameroon. Nigeria was named after the Niger River that runs straight through it. It is sometimes referred to as the "the Giant of Africa", because of its large population and economy (CIA, 2014). Nigeria was at first colonized by the British. It gained its independence on October 1, 1960 and was declared a Republic on October 1, 1963. There flag has three equal ...

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