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Authority stealing pass armed robbery
(Yes, yes, yes, yes)
We Africans we must do something about this nonsense
(Yes, yes, yes, yes)
We say, we must do something about this nonsense
(Yes, yes, yes, yes)
I repeat, we Africans, we must do something about this nonsense
(Yes, yes, yes, yes)
Because authority stealing pass armed robbery

So bellowed Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in Authority Stealing, a poignantly veracious song depicting corruption in Africa by a few self-important reprobates hiding under the guise of officialdom—while majority of the people wallow under the weight of crippling poverty—as a crime that is worse than armed robbery. And, if you agree with Fela, don’t hesitate to shout: Yes, yes, yes!

Not only did Fela use his music to vilify such loutish rogues masquerading as African officials who had manifested themselves as leaders in Nigeria, but in 1979, he even sought to raise a political movement and run as a presidential candidate to usurp them from power. But, of course, Fela’s political quest to wrest power from those parasitic elites ruling his nation was stifled by their machinations.

And, they would not stop there. Siccing their “zombie” army on him, they attacked his home, raping the women and brutalizing the inhabitants, including Fela. But Fela responded to their prosecution by becoming even more entrenched in his resolve to expose their diabolical looting of the people’s resources.

“One thing I want to assure them: if they think I’m going to change or compromise in my attitude, or in my way of life, or in my expression, or in my goal towards politics, they are only making me stronger,” Fela vowed in Music Is The Weapon, a documentary about his life and music.

A Hip Co Outcry That Too Few Pots Are Boiling

Though there exists no such acrimonious relationship of visceral contempt between any Liberian musician and officialdom, in a not too dissimilar manner as the obsequious supporters of the Nigerian authorities tried to becloud Fela’s message by disparaging its messenger, it appears as if some sycophantic

“Music is the weapon of the future,” Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

supporters of the Liberian authorities have taken it upon themselves to cast aspersions on the young Liberian musicians who made the hit song Pot Boiling, a riveting social commentary about rampant corruption, pervasive poverty, impunity and unemployment in Liberia.

One such sycophantic supporter posted a snide remark to Pot Boiling on Facebook: “Well if your pot is not boiling, maybe it’s because you’re not working hard enough to put firewood under your pot to make it boil.”

And, of course, others whose heads are stuck in the sand of sycophancy couldn’t help themselves but “like” the comment.

Some have been even more blatant in their castigation of Pot Boiling: “These young people are just lazy. All they want to do is just use drugs and have fun rather than work to earn a living.”

Really? I suppose there’s job galore in Liberia but young people just want to bask in the bliss of poverty and unemployment right?

Well, I guess if you enjoy the buffoonery of sycophancy, then you would naturally believe the phantom claim by the Liberian government that it created over 20,000 jobs last year, and that unemployment in Liberia has now fallen from 85% to a paltry 3.7% because that’s what sycophants are good at: Reality Suspension.

But, while those sycophants are playing their dangerous game of “Reality Suspension” it might do them well to know that the stark reality of pervasive poverty, rampant corruption, and massive unemployment are still the order of the day for far too many in present day Liberia.

That, their game of reality suspension cannot change!

That is why in her latest progress report to the UN Security Council, Karin Landgren, Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), underscored that: “Lasting peace will require fairness and inclusion for all Liberians in their country’s progress.”

So calling those young people names to discredit them cannot in any way dampen the veracity of the message in their hit song:

Everybody pot boiling, my pot can’t boil
To earn dollar you have to fight like a dog
Dig hole, cover hole, that’s the whole hustle
Papa coming home, he can’t buy spoon

That remains the sad reality for far too many Liberians. And, in a country with over 60% of the population under 35, that’s the bleak existence for most of the country’s youth so don’t expect them to shut up and put up.

The Hip Co artists who came together to make Pot Boiling (remix): Xpolay, Romeo Lee, JD Donzo, Luckay Buckay, Takun J and Bentman Tha Don, should instead be commended for using their talent, much like Fela, to speak truth to power.

And no matter what those obsequious-reality-suspending praise singers of corrupt African officialdom might say about them, they should know that worse was said about Fela.

But guess what? Today, Fela is celebrated on Broadway with a show commemorating his life and music!

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