Simbi goes to school [Featured Artiste: Psalmos]

Simbi / Image Source: BBM
Remember Ali and Simbi from your primary school textbook? Well, the picture on the right should refresh your memory.  Let’s assume for today that Simbi has graduated from secondary school.  The next logical step for her to take is to go to the university, right?  Once upon a time, Simbi had no choice, but to go to a public university (federal or state), since private universities in Nigeria were more or less non-existent.  Fast-forward to 2011.  Simbi can choose to attend either a public or private university.  Okay, let me snap out of this third person narration mode for now. 

One problem we can all agree on that plagues Nigerian universities is cultism.  It used to be that this was a problem that was peculiar to public universities, and that the private universities were “squeaky clean” and did not have cults.  But the reality is that regardless of the affiliation of the private universities (e.g. Bowen University is owned by the Nigerian Baptist Convention, and Babcock is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nigeria), there is a growing problem of cultism in private universities. It does not matter whether the cultists in private schools are ex-cultists who were rusticated from public universities or whether some students feel that their learning experience is not complete without cultism (hence the need to create cults in an otherwise “cult-free” environment).  What matters though is the implication of this trend for private universities in Nigeria.  

It means that for those who refused to enroll in public universities for that particular reason (i.e. to avoid cultism wahala), presently (and arguably in the years to come), they can expect to ‘face the music’ in private universities as well.  I don’t think I need to make a case against cultism; it has claimed too many lives and caused too much irreparable damage for any sane person to brand it as a good thing.  I personally think cults are gangs and so the problem should be treated as a “special crime.” However, labeling it as a crime (which I think you can justifiably call it), raises the issue of enforcement, and as we all know, the Nigerian Police Force is not exactly capable of handling regular crimes like armed robbery, talk less of cultism. 

Without going into details of the various ways in which the police force is in dire need of help (I am sure we are all aware of this), my point is this: Changing the nature (I am not sure this is the right word) of schools (i.e. private versus public) clearly has not eliminated the problem of cultism.  If that was the solution, then we would not even be having this discussion.  But clearly the problem of cultism is much more deeply-rooted than we may think and just chopping off the “branches” cannot even be classified as damage control, because the root of the problem still remains.  The question though is what is the root of the problem of cultism?  I have a few thoughts, but I will share them in subsequent posts.  Let me stop here for now, but please if you have any answers, share them abeg!

Featured Artiste: Psalmos

Today’s Featured Artiste is none other than Psalmos.  

Psalmos [Screen shot]
Her song “He Good” featuring Hess caught my attention for two reasons: First, her voice.  She has a sonorous voice (the auto-tune was totally unnecessary, Psalmos.  Just singing with your own voice throughout would have been just fine).  Second, the song combines a few popular Yoruba praise and worship songs (maybe I should even call them “old school” self because I have not heard those songs in ages) in a nice medley while adding her own distinctive touch to it.  For me, that’s a plus because I typically don’t like listening to praise and worship songs unless you have done something different and/or innovative with them to make me look at them from another angle.  (*Gospel artistes, please take note o!*).  The video was also enjoyable and I loved that her pink and blue dress (pictured below).  

Psalmos in her pink and blue dress [Screen shot]
And if I am not mistaken, the Late C. D. John (comedian) made a cameo appearance in the video.  He was the one “conducting” with his hands and keeping a poker face. (*see screenshot below*)  I still can’t believe he is gone.  R. I. P. C. D. John.

C. D. John [Screen shot]

Alrighty, you know the drill.  Please see below further information on Psalmos.  I decided to play around with a table today *smiles*  Enjoy! 

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Artiste’s Real Name:
Bolaji Olayinka
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Featured Song:
He Good featuring Hess

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I totally agree it should be treated as some sort of crime. private universities these days have the worst of morally decadent youths.
Nice post, looking forward to subsequent ones


Wherever you find a large group of adults from different backgrounds, some social vices are bound to be present. It doesn't matter whether you label it public, private or whatever. Names don't change the root cause. Well done

Yes, unfortunately it is the case.  Private universities are not the answer to all the problems faced in Nigerian universities.  They just surface again.  

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Thanks, Atilola.  The students themselves are part of the problem, and sometimes it is rooted in the families they come from. Private schools may have started out as an alternative, but now, they have certainly joined the bandwagon.   

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The root cause...Family. Family systems are degraded and parents have little time or interest in monitoring their wards these days. Thing is, one way or the other, these kids always learn. If you fail to teach them at home, they learn outside. Its inevitable. It's the reason for rise in vices and moral decadence these days. UK riots is a good example.

I believe if an individual has the right background and perception of life right from home, it would be hard to build upon that already-sound belief system unlike the naive one left to be whatever he cares to be.


Very true, Michael.  Family is definitely at the root of the cultism issue, but it is not the only culprit.  Cults can only survive for so long without "support" (financial and otherwise), and so there are powerful people in society who support these groups and of course perpetuate them too.  And you really hit the nail on the head with the "learning outside" point (it applies to sex education too).  

Your last comment reminds me of the bible verse that talks about training up a child in the way he should go and when he grows up, he will not depart from that part.  But I still wonder at some PKs (Pastor's Kids) who were supposedly raised right, but their lifestyle ehn....E be like say dem don miss road.  

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My goodness, Uduak, you are SO SWEET! This totally made my day.  I was pleasantly surprised (I love surprises) ... Thank you so so much.  I am off to your blog to check it out.  Thanks so much again! I really appreciate it.

Awww I love Psalmos's song actually. I love the outfitsl and the words were amazing although like you said she did include the old school song, it still made sense. I can't stop listening to the song. My speaker are begging me to stop. lol.
And CD John definitely added a touch. Bless him.

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You love the song? Well, I am definitely glad to hear that.  Lord knows I was fighting ojukokoro looking at those outfits.  LOL @ your speakers. They better stop complaining jo ... Tell them you haven't started sef! CD John left a vacuum behind and I am sure he is missed.  

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