Lest We Immortalise Nuisance…The “Goldie” Situation, By Eseoghene Al-Faruq Ohwojeheri

About ten years ago, I lost a friend in an armed robbery incident. Obviously the armed robbers were not satisfied with robbing they needed to make a point by harming someone in the house and my friend’s mother was their target. As they swung the axe my friend who was the scholar of our class in secondary school protected his mother with his head….he died; no national award, no post mortem speech from the Governor and of course no celebrity burial; he was just another guy, the fact that he took a battle axe to his head for his mother was irrelevant.

This and many more of it happens in a country wherein people get millions both in local and foreign currency for playing football; a country wherein comedians shake hands with the President and women who kiss strange men on camera in the name of acting take home National Award and an immoral youth who made fame singing about his private part is given special opportunity to interview the President in a desperate campaign strategy because the thinking is that the community is populated by zombies and bimboos who will vote in a PHD holder on the “honour” of a nuisance whose only relevance to society, apart from lewd music, is competition in air and space. Thus the question every sane Nigerian should be asking is when will this madness of underserved honour stop?

The death of the musician from Ekiti, Goldie Harvey, and the attempt to make it seem like we lost an icon is another and perhaps the worst of all these madness. I do not believe that death, which we will all face, should make you a hero except you died an honourable death. When people just drop dead we grieve and console the family not tell blatant lies as to who they were. This is why the statement of the Ekiti State Governor is worrisome. Mr. Kayode Fayemi is reported to have described Goldie as a “great daughter of Ekiti State” and one has to wonder upon what was this greatness achieved? Are people now great for singing meaningless songs with promiscuous suggestions or for taking and publishing suggestive photos of themselves?

Since when did we consider it greatness to appeal to the sexual cravings of perverts and run after men on camera in the name of a reality show that is far from reality? Since when did it become great achievement that a lady is even thought of as being a junkie in her life time? How can this be great?

In the past fathers will tell their children “don’t bring shame to this family” but nowadays shame and shamelessness is celebrated with such noise that you think the Devil himself is in charge of people’s life and he has even gone crazy.

Ironically, around the same period this unfortunate death occurred Governor Theodora Orji of Abia State was commending Mrs. Nwanyieze Prosper for winning the Purity Queen title for a lady who kept her virginity until her marriage; surprisingly some Nigerians criticized the Governor and even ‘accused’ him of giving her a car whereas Governor Kayode Fayemi was praised for describing Goldie as a “bright star” among other accolades including that she lived a “fulfilled life”. Indeed the world is upside down.

The problem with giving honour to people who did dishonourable acts is that people will definitely emulate them. The Dolly Pattys of this world made it a fashion for women to expose their cleavage; years on women have lost their husbands to such exposure and homes have collapsed; the Dr. Dres of this world made being “gangster” a fashionable thing and years later the Gangsters are increasing and we even have a gangster in the White House killing innocent people with Drones….Martin Luther’s dreams became a Nightmare. And this list goes on and on; for every irresponsible person you honour you make irresponsibility the “swag”, the same way for every man who dies for his mother you honour you make standing up against oppression and protecting the weak the in-thing….make your choice.

Lastly, we must clarify two issues. The first one is with regards to speaking “evil” about the dead while the second one is the “who are you to Judge” comedy.

Firstly, the dead has already met what he or she put forward hence there is no need to speak of its evil. What there is need to do however is to either call the living to an example to live by if the dead is worthy of emulation or to warn the living to stay away from a wasteful lifestyle like that of the dead who lived life as if death was never going to come and this is the real lesson here; life is short, if you live it like Goldie your death may come and meet you in that state; what will you tell your Creator? We cannot pretend this is not the lesson here; it will be one lie too many.

Secondly, they ask us not to Judge and we say to them since we are in the spirit of not judging kindly don’t judge the location of your mouth so that you put your food in your nose. We say to them that in this spirit of not judging please cross the road without judging that a vehicle is close enough to knock you down; maybe when you are in the air you will realise your stupidity.

We do not Judge a person who has Faith that he or she will be in the hellfire, we do not Judge that the person’s bad is more than his/her good, we do not Judge if God will forgive a believer…..but we Judge that fornication and the promotion of it is EVIL, and that the one who represented evil dead does not make evil good.

Some others will say an adult can do what he or she likes and you don’t have to force your life on others. The question we have for this set of confused mentally colonized perverts is that this same justification is given to homosexuality and it will soon be given to incest so that if a grown up man and his grown up daughter say they fell in love and want to marry your kind will say well it’s their life, it does not affect me….can you see now that you are sick?

Conclusively, the lessons from this unfortunate incident can be summarized as thus:

 1)     Death can come at any time; be prepared to meet your Lord.

 2)     Fame and fortunes are but illusions, what matters is your relationship with your Creator.

 3)     The enjoyment of this world is fleeting; don’t let it deceive you.

 4)     Live a good life; one that does not involve promoting lewdness or any type of evil; death and Judgment is real and it is no respecter of status.

 5)     It was the honour given her musical mentors that led the lady to not just music but a meaningless form upon which her life ended; so let’s ensure that we do not turn scums into icons because people will sure emulate them.


May God Almighty give the family fortitude to bear the loss and guide them aright.


Eseoghene Al-Faruq Ohwojeheri

Benin City


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  • jerry kola

    The write is correct a bit, but what he failed to understand is dt goldie made over 60million people happy wit her music, contents, lyrics, lifestyle is a business..but we saw a act on tv and in the radio and we appreciated it. So we giv her accolades not based on her moral standards, but based on the fact that she is doing something that is making us happy. Somethin our politicians won’t achieve in years….so understand d situation sir before you criticise it.

    • Where do you get the 60 million from?

      • Hob

        abi oh because me i am not among

  • c’est moi

    A very insenstive article if I must say

    • Lawal

      …But the sad truth.

    • @omadiophie

      It might seem so bout it is definitly the truth. Remember the truth is almost always bitter

  • c’est moi

    Celebrity means a celebrated figure regardless, and when someone celebrated dies, the sad fact is the pple who celebrate the afore mentioned mourn, I think anyone’s death is a sadness, but the practice of mourning celebrity shouldn’t be singled out to nigeria alone, its done in every single country in the world

  • Kk

    Thank God, SANE people are still available.

  • I must say that Goldie was a musical talent. She did not need to have appeared on the awry reality tv show to be celebrated, (she was in spite of that, as she was a musical success well before then), but she did (just like many of us have made and are still making diver errors of youth). I’m not writing this in her defense, but in the defense of the many “people (who) get millions both in local and foreign currency for playing football; (in) a country wherein comedians shake hands with the President and women who kiss strange men on camera in the name of acting take home National Award” as you have most spitefully indicated. Indices of human development are not measured in the arena of the sciences alone as your deftly biased article suggests. And I must say that this treatise is inundated with religion. Dear Mr Eseoghene Al-Faruq Ohwojeheri, its a pity, in a few years time, you will regret ever writing this article, just like Goldie regreted being on BBA.

  • shina

    This is a silly right up. I am a scholar but I know so well thet Goldie like many other entertainers have brought joy to many homes. Goldie’s is well known all over Africa and accross the world. The power of entertainment is incredible allover the world and entertainers are among the most influential people allover the world, hence, politicians and any right thinking person will want to leverage on their fame.
    This piece by this unknown and myopic writer is an insult on the public.

    • @omadiophie

      TaaaaaAAaa……..you make no sence.

    • Hob

      what u just wrote goes a long way to say you are really not a scholar, you read the article with a bias mind and didn’t understand any of it. the question is did they do dishonorably acts??? he just said it that entertainers who do wrong things or immoral acts should really not be influential people.

  • Lawal

    Al-Faruq, many thanks. Truth-tellers, dying breed!

  • oyedepo peter

    Am happy with this write-up as it shows not all of us are insane