His opening words were “They are our mothers, and sisters, and daughters… and we owe them our love and protection no matter what”.
Talented Nigerian singer Dada Dolapo, better known by his stage name, DIDI has expressed great sadness and displeasure at the rampancy of violence against women and the current trend of rape in our society. The artiste further echoed that the issue of sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, sexual abuse of children have all been having a field day in our society and it’s time to put a stop to it.
According to Didi, our society has for too long focused and placed the blame on the victims instead of the abuser, saying things like “why is she dressed like that?, Why did she go out with him?, Why will she go drinking with such guys?” etc. and this has given the abusers a reason to continue and looking for reasons to justify their bad behavior while also causing an unconscious dent in our cognitive structure as a society and creating an unfriendly atmosphere where victims are either punished, stigmatized, or have to suffer in silence.
The artiste who was born and bred in Ebute-metta, Lagos has been unrelenting in using his music to preach love, equality, and justice and urges other artistes to rise up and lend their voice against this social injustice just as it was in the time od Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Born in the early ’90s, the young talent was greatly influenced by Fela and other preachers of justice from a very tender age that has now contributed majorly to his passion and stand against violence against women.
Dolapo Dada – Didi stated that a core part of this chaotic puzzle here is sexual orientation and it is missing in our society, further adding that it is not just enough to sit down and point fingers, we all have to rise up and teach our young ones while they’re still teachable.
Didi encourages the government and society to create an enabling environment for victims while also encouraging them to speak up, offering counseling and a support system, instead of stigmatizing them.
Didi is set to release new music soon where he plans to address more of these issues combined with timeless Afrobeat tunes.