The Rap Awakening

THERE’S A NEW WAVE IN THE RAP MUSIC INDUSTRY THAT’S BLOWING ACROSS AFRICA AND SOURCES SAY IT IS STARTING FROM NIGERIA – A REBIRTH IN RAP MUSIC

Source: Aledeh

Source: Aledeh

There are two things in life that finds an amazing way to unite Africans no matter the obvious differences and they are music and sports – in that order. You are likely to find 2 out of 10 people who could say that they don’t really pay any mind to sports but I can guarantee you that there’s hardly anybody on the surface of the earth that doesn’t like music – unless the person came visiting from Mars.

There are a million and one things I could outline in this short article about music which I am certain are not new to you but that is neither why you are reading this article nor I am writing this article. We are both here because of this new wave – the diss tracks.

Diss tracks aren’t new in the rap industry, it is as old as rap music itself. One recent diss track that rocked the global stage was that between Machine Gun Kelly and maestro himself, Eminem. I mean who didn’t listen to the bars they spat? I think I listened to both rappers like a hundred times each.

Diss tracks kind of died out of the African airwaves for a long time as rappers started to play safe. The diss tracks that really got Nigerians talking and also helped rap music become widely acceptable in Nigeria was that which was done by veterans Idris Abdulkareem and Ruggedman in the 2000s – those were the years – Nigerian millennials would certainly appreciate this.

I guess diss tracks are the new vibe, causing a new wave to blow across Nigeria and breathing new life into the Nigerian rap music industry.

Veteran, business mogul, and lyrical titan recently released a diss track in response to the diss track initially released by rap sensation, Vector the Viper. If you are yet to listen to it don’t waste another second, watch videos below, it is absolutely lit. 

Now that this trend has hit the shores of Nigeria again and in this post digital era, rest assured that this is going to cause a ripple effect across the continent. I personally cannot wait for what Kenyan, South African, and other African rappers are going to do.

Many have asked if rappers engaging in lyrical battles and releasing diss tracks helps their careers or whether or not it is something they should have even indulged in the first place. Well I’ll put it like this, it increases mentions and impressions, catches attention and increases listenership. What more would you ask for if you were in showbiz?

Is It Me, Or Are Companies Battling Over Online Video Streaming?

SOON PEOPLE MAY NO LONGER WATCH CABLE TV AS ATTENTION IS SHIFTING TO ONLINE VIDEO STREAMING CHANNELS

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It’s a no brainer that video content amasses the most amount of engagement and interactions (consumption) via online media. According to Cisco, 80% of all internet traffic are generated from video content. Little wonder why a number of companies have begun to battle for mindshare both in Africa and globally in the online video streaming market.

Since this market is still a blue ocean, it means it is not as saturated as it is prospected to be, until then newer players especially big players are expected to keep flooding the market with big bucks to spare.

Talking about new entrants, some big boys have chosen to give Netflix a run for the money. Netflix did a fine job in creating this market and now has over 118 million subscribers worldwide. Before they launched, there were a number of online video streaming platforms but of all of them, Youtube cracked the customer analytics bit of their strategy and brought online video streaming closer to us, especially in Africa. Youtube which according to Oberlo has over 1.9 billion active users monthly, also a total of 1 billion hours of video content is consumed on Youtube daily, while 72 hours worth of video content is uploaded on Youtube daily. This is definitely a trillion-naira market.

Source: Pulse

Source: Pulse

So here is the reason for this article; if you aren’t creating video content, your content marketing strategy is off. Here is why, businesses like Apple, DC, and Roktv understand the necessity of putting out great content – video content – and have entered the market to compete for users with Netflix.

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment, Macworld. DC universe have been in the business of producing top notch tv series and they aren’t new to the online video streaming business. ROKtv, Startimes and others in Nigeria are currently leading the indigenous African online video streaming market and they are not showing any signs of slowing down.

My friends and family these days no longer remember to watch cable television, they believe that online video streaming channels make the best video contents. Well that’s their thought, what is yours?

PR Can’t Die

CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, PR IS HERE TO STAY, AND IT IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE

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Over the years there has been a debate around the relevance of PR in the post digital world. There has been major cut down on the use of paper in many large economies of the world and the consumption habit of consumers for text has increasingly shifted from paper to digital. We are more accustomed to bright screens and colourful images, which is totally different from what the newspapers serve us.

Some of have even taken the debate a notch higher by saying PR is dead. I definitely would not spend any time talking about their reasons for this assertion, but the truth is PR cannot die.

Truth be told, the way PR was done in the past has actually transformed into what we know today and as such the PR for tomorrow would equally evolve. To say PR is dead or will die is a strong proclamation in error. We thankful for the digital medium of information dissemination but it will never take the place of PR. As long as there are human beings on earth, as long as there are products to sell, as long as there are brands to promote, as long as there are offices to manage, PR would find its place in the world of marketing and marketing communications.

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There are a number of things PR achieves for us and highlighted below are a few;

PR gives credibility 

Marketers and brands are currently in a battlefield and the fighters aren’t called gladiators but sound-iators. With everyone screaming at you saying “I’m the best, I’m number one, I know what I’m doing” you need PR to authenticate your claims and get your sound beyond the clutter.

Thought leadership drive

A lot of businesses and brands want to be seen as a thought leader or subject matter expert. You may not be able to achieve this drive without the inclusion of PR.

Impacts your bottom line

Your sales and marketing drive are channeled to reach your bottom line. PR helps improve brand trust and compels your customers to believe in the brand whilst engineering loyalty. 

If you thought PR was just another increase in budget or an irrelevant expenditure you may want to rethink this. 

e-Commerce is Breaking Marketing Walls in Nigeria

THIS IS NEW AND ITS TRENDING IN NIGERIA, LIVESTOCK IS BEING SOLD ON THE INTERNET

Source: Jumia Nigeria

Source: Jumia Nigeria

There are no more walls in marketing in Nigeria as there is practically nothing that can’t be sold over the internet.

As the Eid-el-Kabir celebration gradually approaches, Muslims in Nigeria are gearing up and are earnestly preparing for the holy celebration by purchasing rams which are used to commemorate the event. None Muslims are equally as excited because of the public holiday and plenty of meat that comes with the celebration.

The traditional way of purchasing these livestock is to go to those who rear them (shepherd men) and buy them off of them. Now, ecommerce websites have taken all that trouble away by advertising these animals and doing business online.

Source: Jumia Nigeria

Source: Jumia Nigeria

I could not help my excitement the first time I saw this online and I had to make a purchase to be sure it was not a joke and mine is arriving today.

 I wonder if there is anything that isn’t sold online these days. No more walls, no more barricades, there is nothing that can’t be sold online.

Bringing Sexy Back

WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIKE IT, WHETHER THEY OFFEND YOU ON THE ROADS OR NOT, THEY ARE CERTAINLY COMING BACK – SAY HELLO TO BIKES.

Source: gokada.com.ng

Source: gokada.com.ng

Locally

A few years ago, bike-hailing – popularly known as Okada in Nigeria – was scrapped in many cities in the country, particularly the urban areas. All those who were plying their trade in that line of business back in the day either went out of work or ventured into some other type of business to make ends meet. A few years later, some brands who are now the industry’s top market players came on the scene to bring sexy back and this they did in grand style. Feeding off of the back of Uber’s success, severe traffic conditions in the country, and the quest to find new ways to make more money by the Nigerian populace, it was seemingly the right timing for ride-hailing to get back on the scene.

Players like Maxng, Gokada, and Opay have recorded great success and the industry isn’t just attaining mega feats in Nigeria, also globally. The ride-sharing market is booming, and regardless of certain obstacles it has shown no sign of slowing down. The global ride-sharing market is predicted to reach $170 Billion by 2025, up from $43 billion in 2017, according to Adroit Market Research. This growth is making room for new players around the world, challenging market leaders and expanding the original ride-hailing model into a nimble, omnichannel suite of services.

Source: technext.ng

Source: technext.ng

Global Outlook

In China, ride-hailing services are proliferating and pivoting to address a variety of offerings –attracting the attention of big investors in the process. Visa sought a strategic partnership to invest in Indonesia-based ride-hailing startup Go-Jek to build out their in-app payment platform. Go-Jek amassed a $1 billion investment in January 2019 from a host of heavy-hitting tech companies including Google, Tencent and JD.com, aiding the expansion of Go-Jek’s mobile payment and food delivery services. Go-Jek started with a fleet of 20 motorcycle taxis in 2011 and has since expanded to offer a wide-ranging portfolio of services, including transportation and logistics – from the original taxis to shipping and moving services – food delivery and personal care services like on-demand massages, manicures and waxing. Also, In April 2019, Singapore-based ride-hailing app Grab announced a new suite of services for seamless activity planning. The new services allow users to book hotels, purchase movie tickets and stream video on-demand through the Grab app. This rollout follows a collaboration with Chinese insurance giant Ping An in August 2018, making healthcare another potential enhancement of Grab’s omnichannel toolbox, building onto mobile payment, food delivery and online booking (JWTIntelligence).

Source: techcrunch.com

Source: techcrunch.com

This is really interesting as Nigerian players would need to watch their backs. InDriver, a ride-hailing service that launched in 2012 in Russia expanded its reach to Tanzania in 2018 and has announced that they’ll be spreading into countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Personally, I can’t wait to enjoy all the benefits that will come from promotional advertising from these heavy hitters.