The month of March is popular for being the month women are celebrated, from the not too long ago created International Women's Day and now to Mother's Day. While we might have the Mother’s Day celebration for as long as we can remember, it remains a special and heartwarming one for most which underlines the fact that mothers cannot be over-celebrated. As a result, we’ve compiled a quick list of some Nigerian songs extolling the virtues of mothers so you can employ them to serenade them and make their day. Here are 5 Nigerian songs to celebrate your mothers with this Mother's Day:
1. Sweet Mother- Prince Nico Mbarga:
It goes without saying that this playlist would be incomplete without this song. The song itself is almost as old as the relationship of several Millennials and Gen Zs with their mothers. Due to this, it has served as one of the very best songs with which we re-acknowledge the many sacrifices undergone by our mothers for us and appreciate them anew in the process.
2. Mama Mi- Wizkid
Just like the song listed above, Wizkid decided to go the highlife route to serenade his mother with affirmations of love but in his case, he employed his native tongue, Yoruba and one can guess this was done with the intention of hitting home harder. Full of resonance and candour, it is safe to say that Mama Mi is one song that captures the awe our mothers have us in.
3. Mama- Adekunle Gold
Even without his co-sign from the Headies recent award show where he won the award for best songwriter, Adekunle Gold’s writing skills has never been up for debate. It’s these skills he brings to life in his song about his mother, even going as far as to sing; “Ta lonje superman, when I have you mummy”
If you think your mom is a supermom, this one is definitely for her.
4. Mama- Flavour ft. Chidinma
With this list, we also get a brief thesis on the universality of the word ‘mama,’ a word which given the song lyrics whether sung in Yoruba or in this case, Igbo, is synonymous to unconditional love and care. This collaboration from Chidinma and Flavour is one heartfelt entry of songs that capture the beauty of a loving mother as they both promise to do anything for their mothers.
Is your mother your everything and are you willing to do anything for her? Well I guess this song is your song then.
5. So Beautiful- Asa
Soulful and reverent, Asa really paid homage to the beautiful qualities of mothers by creating an equally beautiful song. In So Beautiful, Asa likens mothers to deities or goddesses as she sings “Orisha bi iya o ko o si laiye” which loosely means that there is no goddess like mother on earth.
Happy Mother’s Day to every mother out there who embodies the messages in these Nigerian songs and more. What song(s) here best describes your mother? Dedicate it to her in the comments section below!