Fela, Davido, Wizkid, and Debates About Who Is Truly A Nigerian ‘Legend’

Posted on January 26 2018 , at 11:34 am
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  • Who is truly a Nigerian legend?

What defines a Legend?

Fela, Ali Baba, Onyeka Onwenu, Jay Jay Okocha, Pete Edochie; these names have one thing in common: they’re all considered legends. Everyone respects them and agrees that they are indeed legends in their respective fields.

However, when it comes to talents of our generation – Wizkid, Woli Arole, Simi, Adesua Etomi, Alex Iwobi, the Bobsled girls, arguments ensue. Are they really ‘legends’? Have they put out enough work and achieved enough to deserve the title? Have they lasted long enough at the top of the game?

How do we determine who deserves to be called a Legend and who doesn’t?
Some Nigerians also put up the argument that LEGEND is a higher level than mere GREATNESS and that the Legend is senior/superior to the ‘Great’ person.

Everyone agrees that Fela is a Legend, but when it comes to Wizkid, an argument ensues

Is Fela considered ‘more’ Legendary than a younger Wizkid, because his music sometimes spans a good 20-30 minutes while Wizkid barely does 5 or because Fela achieved much more than Wiz has? Where do we draw the line and what is the measure of true greatness, and ‘legend’ status?

Is age a determining factor?

What really separates a Great individual from a Legend?

The debates continue to rage.

You too can be part of it. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BeyondGreatness

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