17th September, 2010
Inspirational singer, Bayo Oyenuga, otherwise known as DMsquared, has hit the airwaves withÂ the remix of the popular national song, Nigeria Go Survive, originally rendered by VenoÂ Marioghae in 1984.
Released from the stable of TDC Records and Descant Studios, the song, which features WestÂ African Idol star, Jâ€™odie, is currently enjoying good air play.
Nigeria Go Survive, originally written by the late Professor Soni Oti of the Theatre ArtsÂ Department, University of Jos and produced by the late Nkem â€˜Jake Solloâ€™ Okonkwo of theÂ legendary Osibisa Band, is one of Nigeriaâ€™s golden oldies, celebrating the unity and hope ofÂ the nationâ€™s people and this 2010 release, produced by TY Mix, comes at a time when NigeriaÂ is set to celebrate its 50th year of independence.
Describing his one-on-one encounter with Veno Marioghae, DMsquared said â€œremembering theÂ good old days and with his heart weighed down by grief for Nigeria, one of my lecturers, theÂ late Professor Soni Oti, wrote the original Nigeria Go Survive and asked me to sing it,Â which I did. At the end of my National Youth Service year, my late producer, Jake Sollo,Â signed me on his label, added lyrics to the original song and played virtually everyÂ instrument in it, till it took the form in which it was eventually released. Like ProfessorÂ Soni Oti, my heart went out to my country and I desperately wanted us to grab at hope andÂ strength, to remember how things used to be and what we had, to retrace our steps, count ourÂ many blessings and do things right, for growth and true prosperity.
â€œNigeria has indeed survived, but we need to move beyond survival and do the right things toÂ arrive where we ought to. We all need a re-orientation and a new mindsetâ€”a deliberate moveÂ towards transparency, integrity and hard work, but above all, a deliberate move towards trueÂ godliness, that our country may pacify and rehabilitate its angry youth and leave a solidÂ legacy for our children.â€