ARTLESS (Episode 2)Posted: November 28, 2015 | |
Written by: Ayokunle Olagoke
In an interview on MTV (2001) by Kurt Loder of MTV news with Eminem (15 times Grammy Award winner), also known by his real name as Marshall Mathers, Eminem talked about how he doesn’t want his daughter to listen to his songs anymore, because she is old enough now to understand what her daddy was saying.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average child listens to more than 2 1/2 hours of music daily
INT. DAY TIME. CLASSROOM
AUDREY (8 years) and ALFRED are each standing in front of their individual birthday cakes. AUDREY is dressed in her pink top and short skirt. A bit of her belly is out with a large part of her back also revealed. Aflred who is also eight is wearing a crazy jean with crocodile hair style. They are surrounded by their classmates.
Now the 2 celebrants are going to make their individual wishes, let’s start with you Audrey, come on sweetheart!
(moves closer to the cake so she can blow off all the candles easily)
My wish is to dance and shake my boobs in Davido’s music video one day
There is a mixed reaction in the room, many of the other kids give her a resounding applause while there are mixed feelings among the teachers. Alfred cuts in
But your boobs are flat, I’m sure Davido is not going to want you
Yes he will!
The moment aunty Ngozi spotted the unhealthy argument going on among the minors she quickly cuts in
It’s alright guys, now Audrey, can you make another wish?
What’s wrong with the wish I made? Are you also joining Alfred?
At that moment, the closing bell rings, Audrey grabs her school bag and dashes out of the room with tears in her eyes.
Audrey! Sweetheart, come here!
Her mother is already waiting for her in the car alongside the driver, she runs towards the parents’ car park and jumps inside the car with aunty Ngozi running to catch up with her
CAR STEREO MUSIC
Oh baby na banga-banga, if you no give
me your body then I go jump for
Mummy, let’s leave
What’s going on? We can’t just leave. Dele, turn down the music volume… aunty Ngozi!
(just approaching the car, panting heavily)
Good afternoon ma…
INT. CAR. DAYTIME
They are still on their way home. Music playing at the background
CAR STEREO MUSIC
Yepa! Afi ko pa mi o (unless you kill me), what I’m seeing is trouble, because of you I go hustle
What song is this, Dele? Did you just
Ah! aunty, this is “On top of me” by Fregene
I like the song o. You will give me on my phone
(She turns to Audrey who seems lost in thought)
Sweetheart, what are you thinking of?
Mrs Aganga’s phone rings
Hello dear… fine o… really? Hold on a second, let me give her the phone… (she puts the phone on hold) Audery, it’s Alfred’s mum, Alfred wants to speak with you
I’m not speaking with him
Come on darling, hear him out
(She reluctantly collects the phone)
Yea?… I’ve heard you… yes I’ve heard you but I still can’t be your girl for now. From what you did I don’t think you can take care of me… alright… what time on Saturday? I will tell my mum
She hangs up the phone
What did he say?
He said he’s sorry. He wants me to come for his birthday party on Saturday but I don’t want to
But why sweetheart?
Because I have flat boobs, I want a bigger one. They are going to call us out to dance and how will I shake my bombom and boobs when they are flat?
Sweetheart, don’t worry about that, I’m sure he won’t mind
He will. He told me he like it when it’s big
Ok, look at Tiwa Salvage, she has a moderate size and she’s doing fine. It’s because you are still a child
Audrey doesn’t look convinced. Her two arms are folded in discontentment
Ok! I will buy you something you will wear that will make it come out
You mean like a cloth? What about after the party, can I still wear it?
Sweetheart you will take it off after the party ok?
I want something permanent, (she mutters)
THIRTY-FIVE MINUTES LATER
They are just getting home, Mrs Aganga steps out of the car, heads into the building while Audrey is busy packing their luggage out of the car. Dele confirms that Mrs Aganga has gone farther away then he starts a conversation with Audrey
Audrey, I can help you get a big boob, you won’t have to wear anything. It’s for big girls and I can teach you how to be a big girl then have boobs
Really? Like the one the girls have in Olamide’s video? (beaming with excitement)
Sure! Even bigger
Wow! When will you help me?
Firstly, you must never tell anybody about it
Okay (nodding incessantly) I promise. I won’t
Not even your mummy o
No, I won’t
Ok! this is what we will do, the party is this Saturday and today is Thursday so we have to be fast
Audrey is nodding in concurrence
So instead of taking you to school tomorrow morning, I will take you there.
I don’t get it
You know we drop your mummy first on our way… so after dropping your mummy, I will take you home
We will come back home?
Yes… no… the place, I mean the place where we will make you mature then you will have a big bombom after then but like I said, you must never tell anyone, not even your mummy, if you tell anyone what I want to do will not work, you hear?
I already promised and it’s not right to break promises
NEXT MORNING INT. CAR. MORNING
Where is the music you were playing yesterday? Please let’s play it again
Dele inserts the USB cord attached to the stereo into his mobile phone and increases the volume of the car stereo.
Your body na too hot, let me be caught putting it on you
Mum, I will be going for Alfred’s birthday (she is beaming with so much excitement)
Wow! That’s my baby, I’m so glad you changed your mind
Something is going to happen today,
something good which will make me
attend the party
Really? Tell me what it is
Dele quickly gave her a critical look from the center mirror,
his heart pants increasingly
It’s a secret for later
You know I can keep a secret so tell me
By now Dele appears restless on his seat, he stylishly turns up
the volume of the stereo
The last time I told you about my secret
swimming class, you said you were not
going to tell dad but you told him
Dele, please turn down the music. That’s
different, your dad has a great phobia
for swimming so I can’t hide something
like that from him, he won’t be happy.
Mom! let’s not talk about this again
please, I will tell you later
Alright! If you insist
Not long, they arrive at Mrs Aganga’s office, she gives Audrey a
tight hug and hurries into the building. Dele heaves a sigh of
relief as she works into the building
(looking back to have an eye
contact with Audrey)
And why were you running your mouth?
But I kept the promise, I didn’t tell
her the secret
But you almost did, the more you run
your mouth about our plan the more your
bombom will keep getting flat ok?
Ok… (looking unhappy) I’m sorry
EXT. MORNING. DELE’S APARTMENT
They both arrive at Dele’s apartment, Mama Twins who is his
neighbour in the “face me I face you” building is seen washing
clothes outside, close to the well.
Dele, which one you dey? Who be this?
My sister’s daughter
She is staring at the prim and proper little girl and wondering
how Dele’s sister could have raised such a chubby daughter
Ehen? No be this girl follow your madam
come last time? (pointing her finger
at Audrey with curiosity)
Ehen? Wetin be your own Mama Twins? (he
Dele pulls Audrey by the hand tin the direction of his room hurriedly, brings out
his bunch of keys from his pocket, opens the door to the one
room apartment hurriedly. He puts on his sound player, presses the play button
Uhh… oh baby… roll, roll, roll your
Ehen! Now, lie on the bed and take off your
He starts to take off his own too. Mama Twins walks quietly
towards Dele’s window to peep through. Her eyes rolls to and fro
the room in search of the activities going on till she sights Audrey
Ok uncle Dele
At this point, Dele’s phone rings, he walks away from the bed towards the table to answer the call
Yes ma… It’s traffic I will soon be
I’ve taken off all my clothes, uncle Dele
(hitting Dele’s door hard) Dele! Open this door and let the poor girl go o, Dele!
MRS AGANGA (ON PHONE)
(over hears Audrey’s voice at the background alongside Mama Twins’ loud voice from the window)
That’s Audrey. Omodele where are you?
Dele quickly cuts the call.
Yeh! I’m in trouble! Mama Twins, wetin be your problem?
Mrs Aganga’s call comes in again but Dele ignores it
I will shout Ole for your head if you no let that girl go now
Oya! Let’s start going to your school, wear your clothes. (He trembles uncontrollably in a confusedly)
Uncle Dele are you no more helping me?
I say put on your clothes
Researchers recently took a look at the trend of increasing use
of sexually explicit lyrics in music. Their findings provide
food for thought for educators whose focus is to promote healthy
The amount of music that 8 to 18-year-olds listen to has
increased by 45 percent in recent years, rising dramatically
with the popularity of MP3 players, such as iPods. Previous
research has indicated that there is a strong link between
exposure to sexual media (on screen and in music) and sexual
activity. Teens tend to overestimate the sexual activity of
their peers and one source of this misperception is the
The researchers analyzed the lyrics from the top 100 songs
in the Billboard Hot 100 year-end most popular songs every
decade from 1959 to 2009.They found that male and non-White
artists were more likely to write songs with sexual lyrics in
the past two decades and that there were more sexual references
overall in 2009 than in 1959.
The authors point out that degrading and sexualized music
can have a harmful effect on teens. For girls in particular,
this can lead them to judge their personal worth on a sexual
level only, leading to poor body image, depression, eating
disorders, and substance abuse.
Most song lyrics don’t discuss dangers of sexual activity,
such as unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
Instead, music often glorifies promiscuity and promotes gender
stereotypes. According to a study published by the journal
“Pediatrics” titled “Exposure to Degrading Versus Non degrading
Music Lyrics and Sexual Behavior Among Youth,” adolescents who
listen to degrading sexual lyrics are more likely to engage in
riskier sexualized behavior. Degrading lyrics tend to objectify
both sexes and portray men as sex-driven and women as sexual
Amy Morin, (2015). Can Music Be a Bad Influence on Kids & Teens?
Springer Science + Business Media Summary (2011). Do sexualized
lyrics in popular music have an impact on the sexual behavior
and attitudes of adolescents?
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