Lawyer blasts MTV over controversial ‘Top 20 Nigerian songs of all time’

An entertainment lawyer, Akinyemi Ayinoluwa, has described the now controversial Top 20 Nigerian songs of all times by MTVBase as ‎reckless journalism capable of putting a scar to Nigeria’s music history.

Mr. Akinyemi who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES Sunday morning said the list is a disservice to Nigerians by MTV Base and ‎”the memory, legacy of pioneers of the now globally acclaimed Nigerian music”.

‎”The skewed facts presented to this generation of music lovers by the globally syndicated TV outfit is a disservice to the memory and legacy of pioneers of the now globally acclaimed Nigerian music” he said.

“To my mind, a credible platform with such global reach and powerful presence such as MTV Base Africa should take the pain in going the extra mile to research and ascertain facts”.

Mr. Akinyemi also described the MTV Top 20 Nigerian songs of all time which the international station said was to commemorate Nigeria’s independence as a lost chance in “properly curating a seminal work in music history”.

He said such error by MTV Base is typical of our aversion to history. “We rarely pay attention to the cycle of events that shaped our national life,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.

MTV, realising the controversy the list generated, said the list was compiled from 2004, the year it began operation in Africa.

Mr. Akinyemi asked MTV to rectify what he described as a wrong and urged the station to do proper documentary on Nigeria’s music history.

‎”MTV Base can do better with its programming by having more educational contents on music history. A good place to start will be producing documentaries on Nigeria’s music history and her icons,” he stated.

He said such a documentary would be ‎priceless as this generation would be forever indebted to MTV Base.

MTV Base’s music list also drew the anger of Nigerian musicians including Iyanya, who believed his 2012 monster hit, Kukere, should have made the list, and controversial rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem who called the station a fraud.


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