Youth, once again, took the center stage of discuss on music and sustainable development. This was the focus of a youth engagement event on ‘Say No to bad lyrics’ organised recently by Do The Dream Youth Development Initiative and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos. With emphasis on good lyrics, the youth, numbering over eighty, agreed that good music must have a good message that could add value to people’s lives.
The programme explored and described good lyrics as those that promote societal development, uphold human dignity and engender socio-cultural unity of Nigeria.
Addressing the youth and a few School Principals in attendance, the Director of UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja, noted that youth is a priority group for the United Nations and very critical to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He emphasised the role of music in promoting the SDGs and charged the youth to compose songs on the 17 SDGs to bring the global goals to the door steps of the people. Mr Kayanja added that musical lyrics on the SDGs, would be a classic example of ‘good lyrics’ capable of stimulating development.
Speaking, the Founder of Do The Dream Youth Development Initiative, Adebusuyi Olutayo Olumadewa, explained that the ‘Say No to bad lyrics’ campaign was aimed at promoting virtues through music and to debunk the erroneous belief that only erotic lyrics were marketable. ‘Lyrics that promote social cohesion and strengthen national unity are marketable and popularly accepted.
On the regulation of broadcast, including music on the air waves, the Assistant Director, Monitoring, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, Ms Ijeoma Theo-Obodo, reaffirmed the commitment of the Commission to monitor what goes on the air waves, intervene and apply appropriate sanctions whenever there are breaches.
Earlier, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, urged the participants to channel their creative energies towards those activities that would add value to their lives.
The programme was interspersed by musical rendition and live portrait painting.