Born Azeez Adeshina Fashola on May 10, 1991, today is Naira Marley’s birthday. The 30-years-old rapper and singer has been one of the most controversial musicians in Nigeria since his mainstream debut of Issa Goal in 2017. The song became the theme song for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Known for his polemic and raunchy lyrics, Azzezz has also been very politically active, often in opposition of Nigeria’s APC led leadership of Muhammadu Buhari. Naira has also drawn praise from several industry experts for his passion to help upcoming artistes, signing them to multi-million Naira record deals. He boasts signees such as, Zinoleesky, Mohbad, Lyta, Cblvck, Emo Grae, and a host of others to Marlian Music.
To mark his special day, we have put together a list of 5 of his most unforgettable lyrics.
“Shey bi omo Jesu ni wo, gbese ko t’esu mole”
This is one of the most popular Naira Marley lyrics off his hit, Tesumole. Literal translation into English from Yoruba language is: ‘if you belong to Jesus, lift your leg and match the devil’.
“Ki lo tun ni Marley shey?”
This is from the song Gobe, and Marley is fond of this line, given his occasional spats with the government and Nigerian police. ‘Ki lo tun ni Marley shey’ means ‘what has Marley done again’.
“We want school, they gave us prison. We want education, they gave us lessons”
If you guessed this as aimed at the government, you’re probably correct. Marley used this line in the song Bad Influence to refute claims from government that he is a bad influence on Nigerian youths and society at large.
“Olosho shey ma loyun funmi what can faa?”
The literal translation of this Puta line from Yoruba to English is: ‘How will a sex worker be pregnant for me?’ According to context, it is not streetwise for a street king like Naira to get a prostitute pregnant.
“Baby don’t you trust me? Trust me coz I don’t trust myself”
This famous Naira Marley line is from the song ‘Jogor’ featuring Zlatan Ibile and Lil Kesh. But how do you trust someone if they cannot trust themselves. That’s Naira Marley for you.