On Set With Dare Art-Alade – ‘Not D Girl’

Posted on Saturday, November 8th, 2008 at 1:01 PM

By BellaNaija.com

Dare Art-Alade recently shot the video for his new song, ‘Not D Girl’ in stunning Cape Town, South Africa. According to Deola Art-Alade, the video is said to be a ‘simple, stylish and beautifully shot mini-drama’. The song is taken from Dare’s eagerly anticipated sophmore album ‘unDAREted’ and was written by Dare and the uber-talented Cobhams. Dare looks really hot in this video. Cant wait to see it!

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    • michelle November 9, 2008 at 5:47 PM

      pls don’t tell me wifey was on set too….lol

    • Jo November 9, 2008 at 6:41 PM

      Wow! thats one beautiful set /apartment – the singer is not bad looking either

    • ify November 10, 2008 at 12:18 AM

      DARE is a cuttiee!!! omg! finest naija rnb singer we have

      but…..

      im not soooo sure about his music yet. he has some nice moments, but hes up and down (i.m.o)….so how about we hear this song bellanaija?

    • regitalk November 10, 2008 at 12:25 AM

      everything looks lovely!!!
      …but i’ll like to comment about the naked lady, cos i’ve noticed this is becoming a trend in nigerian videos trying to copy the hip hop lifestyle which most american artist are trying to dissociate from. basically it is demeaning to womanhood when we are protrayed simply as sex objects; not to be misunderstood women are wondefully crafted beings and like any piece of art should be admired. However, if we are to be taken serious by our male counterparts we must stand against this trend
      lovely video by the way

    • kay November 10, 2008 at 12:39 AM

      i actually agree. why can’t they just retain the good and not try to copy everything?

    • bome November 10, 2008 at 6:06 AM

      Usher ‘trading places’ stunts ko? Dare’s wife is also older than him! I smell Usher so bad I hope I’m crazy.

      Yea its demeaning what hiphop has been doing to women and BET has been having debate shows (HipHop vs. America) trying to deter artists from doing this but Nigerians, as abroad-obsessed and confused as we are, must copy.

    • bome November 10, 2008 at 6:10 AM

      Even the light skin shizzle too! Hiphop started with light skin women at the expense of the dark skinned (I’m not complaining oh but does anyone watch Tyra show and has heard those video girls complain about the discrimination they face being dark skin because light skin is the only beautiful thing?)

      Naeto C did that in his video now Dare. Be realistic at least find some Igbotic or Calabar (Nigerian looking) fair girl dem carry put SA indian looking chic (ok but seriously).

      Anyway, we need to have our own voice not just photocopy BET.

    • Sugabelly November 10, 2008 at 7:49 AM

      Typical… in an African music video shot in Africa, of all the possible women he could find to be his leading lady, he found a white woman.

      Apparently, as far as Dare is concerned, beautiful black women are extremely hard to find in Africa.

      I’m sorry but I don’t listen to music/watch music videos/buy crap that I can’t relate to. I am a black African woman and I think noone will disagree with me when I say that the EXTREME MAJORITY of African women are black.

      That being said, if Dare thinks he’s impressing us by his ability to have a ‘white woman’ in his video as if it’s a testament to the new higher level that he is now on, then he is seriously fooling himself and needs to grow up and get a life.

      • darlington dc November 11, 2011 at 2:07 PM

        don’t you think that he is telling us that the white is the book that must have left the shelf?

    • Temi November 10, 2008 at 9:01 AM

      we shd all stop judging pple mehn. if he used a dark girl, we’ll complain, he used a light girl, we’re still complaining. shes too thin, shes too fat. shes not nigerian. i believe its only right for dare to be able to shoot videos with all colors of girls over his career, lets stop being sensitive. he cant use d same type of girl in every video now…..ahn ahn. d brother has 2 try new things in his videos.

      PLEASE ALLOW HIM JARE

    • Niy! November 10, 2008 at 10:36 AM

      Going by the shameful comments some supposed Nigerians are posting about the white-lady, Dare-Art Alade used in his new audio-visual album, goes a long way to show that, the blood of racism do not only flow in the vein of the White but also has a deep root in the existence of black race. And here we are, celebrating Obama’s victory as a beacon destined to put light at the end of racial discrimination. whether white or black we should all be seen as one, destined to achieve one goal. Can the journey to ending the bane of racism in all part of the world, come to an end? Well, only time will tell!

    • john November 10, 2008 at 10:53 AM

      hi i was forced to comment,,,wen we complain of racism, why do we do it?isnt it time we dnt see colour?there are millions of videos of white men wit black african ladies,do you hear the white ladies complain?nelly did tip drill,black women wants to kill him,they actually forgot the goods he has done for that society..pharell did the same kind of video wit white ladies and he wasnt even question by “women”.so since stephenie okereke did a film where she mite be datin a white guy,we blacks shudnt watch it….people grow up,,forget colour atleast for obama sake

    • Chetablog November 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM

      My problem is not even the content. The fact that these musicians are running to South Africa to shoot videos just shows an inherent degredation of culture, science arts and everything in Nigeria. Are we not ashamed? Why can’t we get our act together such that we can do things ourselves. I live in Nigeria and it boggles my mind the level of incompetence even among the elites. There are people who can do these things in Nigeria but nobody is patient enough to do the work it takes to groom the industry. Every one wants quick money.

    • Chetablog November 10, 2008 at 1:34 PM

      We are doomed in Nigeria if we cannot even make our own music videos in Nigeria. I don’t care about having a white person but I care about us shipping jobs out of the country. Come one Naija, get it together

    • Emy November 10, 2008 at 3:36 PM

      Dare (sigh).Good talent gone to waste.Sexy bodies and videos will give you nada! Oh boy find ya way go establish yourself for obodo oyibo like ASA or else you go just dey roast. Naija no dey appreciate the likes of you. ASA doesn’t need SA to sell she just knows how to do her thing because she knows her essence. Dare find the real you… you have not found yourself yet. If your music is truly good…people will search for you…just the way they searched for 9ice. Goodluck!

    • Segun Jnr November 10, 2008 at 4:18 PM

      Kay, do you know what Nigerians lack, “Originality” too lazy to be creative. They see R. Kelly’s video and they do same thing, especially Nigeria Movie industry, the story line is always the same or copied from American movies, no scripts, wardrobe, real makeup artists, real production managers and overall real actors. Can you imagine, the music industry is growing rapidly than movie, and vice versa should be the case. We still have a long way in Nigeria. By the way, If Art picked a white chic for his video, I don’t see anything wrong with that as long the colonial syndrome is not coming to play, but to be frank the girl is “HOT”, when Naija babes only stuff themselves up, to carefree of what they eat, lazy to exercise and keep fit but they’ll want to be models, Wake Up!

    • kay November 10, 2008 at 5:55 PM

      The comments here shock me. Some true about the originality aspect of Nigerian movies and music videos but others about the white lady in the video/ llocation , downright unnecessary. Who said that there is no black on white racism should actually read these comments here. I am appalled to say the least. We are loosing the focus of relevant criticisms of the pics/ video: the movement towards American styled hip hop , do we have to really degrade women to make a point or make videos? I don’t care if you shoot in Afghanistan or SA or Kafanchan , none of my beeswax but just be original, non degrading of women and use women of any color. I personally believe in Diversity and the case should be closed.

      please one more thing : it is not nice to generalize !!!( Naija babes stuff themselves up? seriously

    • myalteregoisayanna November 10, 2008 at 9:49 PM

      Uhmm…Nigerians doing what they know how to do best…tear each other down. There is a difference btw constructive criticism and outright tearing someone’s effort. If no one can do his video the way he wants in naija…is it wrong for him to go somewhere else? Business is business, if the girl in the video will sell his music…so be it.

      My fellow ladies screaming “I am a proud black african woman” your screams speak to your shallowness. You pick and choose when you are african. If you are truly a proud african woman…can I see you wear your hair natural? Start with that and I will give you a long list of other “to-dos”..The world is NOW a global place….DEAL WITH IT.

      To Dare, more power to you and best of luck.

    • Deejay November 11, 2008 at 3:22 PM

      in response to sugabelly.
      the ‘white girl’ in the video has a name – CARLA. and is a friend of mine. also FYI, she aint white. to me, she is one of the many BEAUTIFUL woman AFRICA as a whole, adorns. AFRICA doesnt just consist of black people but white, coloured and indian as well. u need a reality check. dont hate just cause she’s beautiful. Beauty can follow any one, despite age, sex or COLOUR.

      I may be biased but i think carla displays elegance and essential beauty in every sense of the word.

      nuff said.

    • Ms. Chi November 11, 2008 at 11:33 PM

      I’ve never heard his music. Can’t speak on that.

      The video production quality looks great.

      I could care less that he shot it in South Africa.

      As for the White/Indian/Latina or Mixed woman in the Video (it’s hard to tell), I will have to admit it’s a little disturbing that he chose her in a continent filled with beauty that is clearly closer to his racial gene pool. Am I hatin? Never! But c’mon “all inclusive” people, when was the last time you saw a black woman (and I mean as dark as the white one is pale) in an Asian, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, British, Nashville Country American, German, Czech, Irish or any other non-black video?? Uh…I think the answer is almost NEVER. (All props to Robin Thicke and David Bowie, but they are one of the few…and those are their wives).

      I work in the “industry” in America. Don’t think race and color don’t factor in when things are getting greenlit and casted for. It does. Don’t you dare be so naive as to thinking that we should just roll with it to be viewed as indiscriminate. You can still point out a disparity without being racist. It’s called acknowledging the need for DIVERSITY. You bring to the table what you are – that’s how you should roll. If you are a person of color bringing nothing of you to the table, then what is your voice for? You don’t have to be all “fist clinching, power to the people” but if you really think the girl with the small waist, wide hips, cocoa skin wearing the fish tail ashoke with her weave done and her 2.5 degrees is your actual preference to date and marry – then there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! That is who many African/Nigerian men marry. That is what they love. Show people what you love.

      And hey if you are African-American and you like watermelon and catfish, in the words of Dave Chapelle – “don’t be fake” say that’s what you like. :) (sorry I had to, the funny thought popped in my head).

      When we can’t be proud of who we are (whoever you are), it sends a message to the world about how we think of ourselves and how they should take us. It’s unfortunate that this is ingrained in so many peoples minds as the norm, when it just is not.

    • Ms. Chi November 11, 2008 at 11:41 PM

      One more thing….

      To give Dare credit –
      He may not have had creative control on what lady was casted as his leading lady.

      Once he’s more established he might have better creative control on who’s casted.

      Maybe that is actually what he is attracted to – I mean like any model auditioning for a leading lady in a video (Black/White/Asian/Indian) – she is attractive. She’s a model. And a leading lady. Model’s are supposed to be attractive.

      But please I don’t want to see him marry a Naija girl after all this….but maybe he didn’t have creative control over casting.

    • bome November 12, 2008 at 4:37 AM

      He is married to a Nigerian Lady and they have a son together.

    • Amazed! November 12, 2008 at 7:30 PM

      Sugarbelly I AM AMAZED AT YOU! IVE BEEN 2 UR BLOG AND YOU HAVE OR HAD A WHITE BOYFRIEND, AND HERE you are tearing Dare down? Listen to the music first before you crucify. Africa has light skinned people tooo you know..Good Lawd ur amazin!

    • tadadee November 12, 2008 at 10:11 PM

      Is it Dares fault that Nigerian Video Vixens look like Whitney Houston and Double the crack she was on?
      Bad weaves
      Michael Jackson Bleach the fawk awt looking skin
      Fake eyelash plucked out the nyash of a chicken
      Rubbish Mini Skirt
      Dirty White shirt with brown stains ont he armpit area?

      Is it his fault?

      Scheeewww!

    • Temi November 12, 2008 at 10:42 PM

      If u were in the naija music industry you’ll know that its a fact that u’ll get a better video done in SA than u would in Naija and almost at a cheaper price. In SA u get better equipment at a cheaper price, even after adding travel costs.

      ONCE AGAIN, ALLOW DARE!!! HE CAN SHOOT A VIDEO WHEREVER IN THE WORLD HE LIKES WITH WHATEVER COLOR OF GIRLS HE LIKES!!! GROW UP PEOPLE!!!

    • Temi November 12, 2008 at 10:43 PM

      Chetablog, would you please open a music directing business, and provide all the equipment our musicians go to SA for here in Nigeria, please do…and I bet these artists wont need to travel anymore.

    • Temi November 12, 2008 at 10:48 PM

      I think we are doing fine in the music industry contrary to what you’re saying. The thing is just as you have artists who grew up in the ghetto and lived in Bariga (e.g 9ice), you also have artists who grew up abroad and living good (e.g Naeto C & Dare). All Dare is doing is what he knows how to do, and he’s being doing it way back since Project Fame.

      So does that make it a crime for Ikechukwu to shoot a video in NY? We need to be more open minded mehn.

      I agree Nollywood is full of lazy old movie makes that just want to mass produce and dont bother writing, but Nigeria is currently churning out Africa’s best music, you’d be blind to not see that.

      SO, ONCE AGAIN, ALLOW THE GUY!!

    • Temi November 12, 2008 at 10:50 PM

      The funny thing is THE GIRL IS AFRICAN. Haven’t you ever been to Ikoyi & seen beautiful Indian & Chinese girls? Would it be a crime to use one of them in a video?

      ALLOW DARE!

    • RJ November 14, 2008 at 3:25 AM

      Ok! One of the main problems I have with the Nigerian music industry is that they do not know how to promote their own. I dont care what color the girl in his video is, afterall its his preference but like someone said earlier, there are a lot of dark skinned girls in Africa to pick from. As i was saying, you hardly see artist in the U.S shoot videos outside their country, flash currency that isnt theirs, use (sing and rap) fake accents that they obviously cant – they pretty much promote their homeland and everything it entails. But naija artist naaa….they say they want recognition, but how can u get recognition if u cant show me how unique u are? All of them want to come and make it big in the U.S, i’m not swearing for them but they cant and they wont because there are just as hungry americans out there wanting to do the same thing. Show me u are not just yet another rapper or singer, incoporate things in your music that shows where u are from and how different u are – really everyone is tired of the nigga saying, chain slanging, must have butty shaking girls in my video kinda artist. NEXT!!!

    • Bgal November 14, 2008 at 12:19 PM

      Dare’s video looks good. Can’t wait to watch it!

    • Mina November 14, 2008 at 8:35 PM

      I totally agree with you RJ, But lets not blame them just like that. When i was in Nigeria, i had their mentality but now i see the truth. If they want recognition in America, the only way they can get it is through promoting their culture and bringing something different from what they have in America. Like you said, America has a lot of artists wanting to break into the industry, so i don’t believe the American Music Industry would be willing to settle for something from a foreign country which they already have in theirs.
      But on the other hand, we don’t know if they are doing this to try to break into the music industry in the U.S or if they are only brushing up their acts. Simple.
      lol

    • PB November 15, 2008 at 4:10 AM

      I agree… Dare is yet to find his own distinctive sound… but hey, he’s young… he’ll get there. And at least he’s trying.

    • Trendy November 16, 2008 at 6:56 AM

      Speechless

    • Sugabelly November 16, 2008 at 11:04 AM

      I’m in school in America.
      There are 221 million WHITE Americans in America.
      There are 40 million BLACK Americans in America.
      I live in a northern state where the white majority has even greater density.
      I go to a PREDOMINANTLY WHITE university.
      What do you think the probability is that I would end up with a white guy?

      Now, there are 800 million people in Africa, of which at least 96% are black.
      What do you think, mathematically speaking, are the odds of Dare ending up with a WHITE/WHITISH girl as his leading lady?

      It just does not add up.
      Dare is colour-struck, just like a load of Nigerian men are (I say Nigerian men because I will not speak for other countries if I haven’t lived there, and I’m Nigerian).
      If Dare had nothing to do with the casting, then I take back what I said. But if he did, then my statement stands.
      A LOT of Nigerians are colour struck. Particularly Nigerian men. They think that somehow a white woman on their arm is the pinnacle of achievement, and a black woman is somehow not as good.

      I might be dating a white boy, but I would just as soon as leave him for a black boy that sweeps me off my feet. There’s no preference; a boy is a boy is a boy.

      But for Nigerian men it’s not the same.

      To some of them, a white woman does not equal a light skinned black woman who also does not equal a dark skinned black woman, and that is what disgusts and infuriates me.

    • Sugabelly November 16, 2008 at 11:06 AM

      Oh, and by the way, he’s my friend/partner-in-crime, and he has the added distinction of being gay. I’m not dating anyone at the mo.

    • Sugabelly November 16, 2008 at 11:10 AM

      My hair is natural..

      Eheh… oya say what you want to say next. I am IGBO, NIGERIAN, AFRICAN, and I will yap away in Igbo in the middle of America so help me God and nobody will stop me.

      And yes!! Dare cannot do what he wants in his video without betraying his own shallowness. Sometimes people need tearing down for their own good. I do not want to watch an African music video with a chinese girl in it, whether they claim to be African or not. Afterall, have you ever seen a Chinese music video with an African in it?

      Please.. give me a break.

    • Sugabelly November 16, 2008 at 11:17 AM

      Deejay nobody is disputing your Carla’s beauty. All I am saying is that she is INAPPROPRIATE in the video. Africa, is full of AFRICANS, or should be. And no, I am NOT racist or reverse racist.

      If your ‘Carla’ was a Bollywood singer, and Dare the model, he would NEVER get work modeling for her music video. NEVER. It would be a cold day in hell when that happened, and ALL of you commenting on this post know it’s the truth. We need to represent OURSELVES to the rest of the world and stop being the butt of every joke with our desperate fawning compulsion to ape everything that is white.
      There is nothing wrong with white people or people of other races and their customs and cultures, as all are unique and beautiful, but we Africans seem to be the only ones that act as though we are ashamed of ourselves.

    • Sugabelly November 16, 2008 at 11:24 AM

      An Indian girl is not African. She’s South East Asian from the Indian subcontinent.

      A Chinese girl is not African. She is Oriental Asian.

      Just because they live in Africa does not make them African.
      Go live in China and they will make it a point to show you (and rather painfully I must add) that you are NOT Chinese, even if you speak it through your arse.

      And are Nigerian women not beautiful too? Are the only beautiful women in Ikoyi Indian and Chinese? So of all the STUNNING black African women on the continent, Dare could not find even ONE to be in his video? Please… it smacks of colonialism, slavery, and apartheid all over again.

      Even if it was completely by chance, the probability of the whole situation is just wrong.

    • Sugabelly November 16, 2008 at 11:30 AM

      “But please I don’t want to see him marry a Naija girl after all this….”

      What is that supposed to mean???

      There, you just proved what I was saying all along. There is a very disturbing mentality that is sweeping our nation that propounds the idea that a Nigerian/black African girl/woman is ‘not good enough’ and that a girl of another race is something on a pedestal to be attained.

      So what you are trying to say (since you did not know that Dare is already married) is that “now that Dare has achieved this level of success he shouldn’t spoil it by marrying a Nigerian girl who obviously isn’t worthy. What he should to is to marry a girl of another race to be the cherry on top of his achievements.”

      Gee thanks!! What wonders you do for the women of your race. Go on, push us deeper into the pit of contempt and dehumanization.

    • austnne November 16, 2008 at 2:10 PM

      We are a bunch of crying monkies..we havnt even listened to the music to know the contents and why he made such a video..yet we get out our critique radar and start pulling a brother down….how r we promoting him now.

      Yet we are the first to use MAC makeups, wear designer clothes, go abroad to study, buy western movies, more concerned with American election than we were with Nigerian elections, fake hair, etc etc

      Promote our own my black behind!!!

      Hyprocrites raised to the power 10. Like we are promoting our own

    • Darerocks November 16, 2008 at 2:16 PM

      I would love to watch this video and give a brother a pat on the back for producing something that looks like high quality.

      I shall not criticise him when the only music I have produced is with my hair brush and mirror hiding behind my shower.

      I shall not criticise him because he is doing better than I am…living his dreams!! Its his video and I am sure he has his FANS..all airconditioners can find a hotter climate.

      If he decides to use an Indian, American or Asian woman in his music..It non of my goddam business…If I am too concerned, let me go make mine.

      The fact that my house in not full of Made-In-Nigeria only…and I dont live in Nigeria means maybe I have seen the light and appreciate better things. Everyone in his own way has not gone for Nigeria-only.

      Jealousy kills.

    • Amazed! November 16, 2008 at 5:39 PM

      Sugar belly, Why are you so angry, to say some people need tearing down for their own good is just sooo wrong.

      You contradict urself so many times, yes some Nigerian men like white women, but there not the only ones and NOT all of them are the same. Dont carry out your anger on this poor boy becoz of what sum1 else did 2 u.

      I need you to look into yourself and ask why this is so important for you, why is color such an issue? If you dont go for other races thats fyne, live and let live.

    • Joe Black November 17, 2008 at 6:35 PM

      Firstly, I have just been convinced that we ‘blacks’ are the most racist. I happen to have been on the set as part of the crew for Dare’s and many other artists’ productions.
      Secondly, Carla is African to the A. Previous videos of Dare have had black women. Even some unreleased ones have black women also. Why are we so concerned about colour as against who works best for the role in the video? There’s what you call casting and you have to pick the most suitable person(s) for the role you need them to fill. For various reasons only known to the artist/production company anyway.
      For the person who referred to her as ‘naked’, she’s wearing a swimsuit which is what you wear when you want to take a dip in a pool. Not so?
      A good looking woman is a good looking woman, important thing is that she’s beautiful and fits the role. If you don’t like it then don’t watch it but I guess that hasn’t stopped you from watching 2Face’s ‘true love’ shot in the Uk and was that 4 caucasian looking women in there? Anyways, kudos to those (including 2Face) trying their economical best to make world class productions devoid of ‘RACIAL’ tension which is what the world is now by the way…a global village!

      Dare keep up the good work. The shoot was fun! Honoured to have worked with you.

    • Dark Knight November 17, 2008 at 7:42 PM

      To those who think the lady in the video is inappropriate: An artist has creative rights to make anything he/she wants. In any language, shot on any format, location on any continent etc as long as it portrays the picture intended for us to ‘enjoy’ then who are we to judge?

      To those who think women are being portrayed negatively because they wear bikinis in swimming pool shots: Do you watch beauty pageants? Like MBGN etc? If you think something is wrong with that then you have your right to feel so. But how do you swim without a swimsuit on? If a video comprises of pool shots then? Or Maybe a Kente wrapper would do the job? Also this doesn’t look like a Hip Hop Ho shaking her ass in a video where money is falling from heaven, thrown at them, stuck between their you know whats and there’s even no water anywhere in the video!!! LOL!!!

      To those that think he’s trying to impress by using a ‘coloured’ girl’: We now live in a global world. The earlier we realise that we cannot change that the better. We always complain that our videos are not ‘world standard’ but here we are complaining about pictures that are pleasing to those discerning. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you have to always do what he’s done to catch world attention but let’s face it…the pics look nice. Also we must mix all our resources to achieve maximum results. If Nigeria has all the right equipment etc then why are we spreading our tentacles? To achieve variety we must diversify not so? We must not be afraid to think outside the box. If bar beach and co was clean and not infested by cannabis growing, smoking and selling area boys and well taken care of wouldn’t we use it more for videos?

      It may be true that videos probably cost less to produce in S.A but who’s to blame for that? Moreover wouldn’t it be African to make friends outside of your country or do business with other Africans? I guess we are just too myopic to see that far? Do we have to wait to get our act together before we start shooting proper music videos to the glory of Mother Nigeria? I hear we have 35mm cameras in Nigeria and costs about N3.5m to shoot a video. Haba! if thats true and you can shoot 2 lovely ones for the same amount in S.A (including flight and hotel) which wan you go choose?

      TO SUGABELLY: With due respect, you’re dating a white boy right? Is it out of ‘managing him’ because the percentile of blacks is low? Or did he sweep you off your feet genuinely? I guess the former may be the case otherwise why would you think Nigerian men prefer white women? Maybe you know you’re not good enough? At any rate from what I remeber Dare’s been married 2 or 3 years now to a beautiful ‘black’ Nigerian lady. Does that make him a bad man? Check yourself…you’re better off coming back home. Don’t believe your hype.

      And to my conclusion, for those Nigerians who have spent years in America etc…by the time you’ve spent 10 years eating, drinking, breathing and imbibing everything foreign…don’t you think you’ve become Nigerian-American? just like all the other African-Americans, German-Americans etc…the earlier you come back home and contribute to your economy the better! Dare is evolving just like any other creative person and only those that follow his story would appreciate his efforts when he eventually makes it to the top. Talking originality, is 9ice really original when he does ‘owe(proverbs)’ that our ancestors used to talk and sing with back in the day? What is originality if its not being creative and using the best of the resources around you to achieve something unique? (Kudos to 9ice)

      Music is universal my friends. I am not a musician but I do understand that music speaks every language.

      We shall all be judged including me also!

    • gladiator November 17, 2008 at 8:49 PM

      sugarbelly…u seem to talk with so much authority?were u part of the planning process for dare’s video abi u don chase am before n e no gree?u say u r not racist but everything u said here speaks, smells n cries racism.should it be an eye for an eye?I honestly think u r really impressed by the pictures but u find it difficult to admit……LOL

    • tatafo! November 17, 2008 at 9:51 PM

      Dark Knight, is it really necessary to insult sugabelly like that? asking if she thinks she’s not good enough and whatnot for naija men.
      Like it or not, Sugabelly makes very valid points that Nigerian women have to deal with concerning naija men choosing white women over naija women. The situation is even worsened considering her location given that there’s a considerably lower black population before we start talking about Nigerian community. So of course she will get angry that naija women get passed over. And tomorrow, people will start saying you’re 50% off, old cargo, rotten goods etc when you turn 25+

      I agree with you on the points you make about Dare’s video, because let’s face it, we love to complain. People curse naija movies because they say it’s sub-par and yet when an artist like Dare goes to S.A to shoot a movie we shout him down because it is not homegrown. As if we cannot learn from our neighbors.

    • tatafo! November 17, 2008 at 9:52 PM

      I meant to write music video and not movie

    • Dark Knight November 17, 2008 at 10:10 PM

      Tatafo…well said. I was only wondering why Sugabelly had so much venom for one of the few guys trying to give Nigerian Music an international face. You may be right generally but not in the context of shooting music videos. At least that’s what I think. Again sugabelly’s comments represent only a fraction of men/women. Then again everyone’s entitled to an opinion but not with too much venom?

    • Mina November 17, 2008 at 10:58 PM

      I don’t remember typing that i wasn’t in support of his music. I was only expressing what i felt from experience and what we can do. I absolutely love Nigerian music and have never hidden my love for it. I was only suggesting that we keep being ourselves.
      And please stop pointing fingers and using unnecessary examples as designer clothes and makeup.

    • Anon November 17, 2008 at 11:10 PM

      Sugabelly, even I am not totally against him using any woman he likes on his video, and I really don’t care either way; even I have to agree with you, living in Ikoyi and VI as a chinese or indian girls makes you just about as African as sitting in your garage makes you a car…

    • Anon November 17, 2008 at 11:14 PM

      I heard you o…Naija boys are the most superficial excuses for men I have ever met. A simple social experiment showed that Naija boys were ready to die for a half caste chic who of course has predominantly caucasian features, without even knowing NADA about her, her background, what she does, where she’s from. None of that matters…she looks exotic, that’s all that matters. Oh well. That said each to his own, who am I to hate if I have my preferences, then I guess they are entitled to theirs as well. Shallow and all…

    • Anon November 17, 2008 at 11:20 PM

      Amen to your last statement. I tell you, they are the most shallow blockheads I have ever seen, those Nigerian men. WHat is it with them. I hate to come across as bitter but it is really sad that there is no substance or strength or even proof of character among our men. All they want is an illusion of what they think is accepted in the world. I agree with you, to me a boy is a boy is a boy, I also have my preferences but I would not date someone over another person just because they are light skinned with Caucasian features, I mean c’mon now…

    • Anon November 17, 2008 at 11:29 PM

      Re : 2nd to last paragraph is most narrow minded. Your mind is closed. From time immemorial people have lived all over the world. If all of us Nigerians in Diaspora came home to “develop” it, pray tell, would there be space for us all? I was even looking for an iota of sense in that one paragraph but not even your reference to the quintessentially authentic 9ice, made much more sense. He draws from his own already indigenous culture, so that makes him original as original gets when you take that to the world stage. Copying stuff that has been done and done and overdone and then done away with even in the world, just makes us seem like a bunch of wannabes.

    • Dark Knight November 18, 2008 at 12:57 AM

      The paragraph simply states for sugabelly to come back home. Not everyone. nontheless, not all of us should be abroad all the same. If you read properly 9ice’s case-study is a question. I love 9ice don’t get it twisted. He’s original but in a borrowed way since many of the lyrics he uses are familiar to many of our grandmothers and passed down over generations. Originality is not only about being indegenous. Singing, writing and performing in your own way and style is called what? Devoid of culture that is. Your excuse for staying out there is because you feel there’s no space for you? I wonder who is narrow minded…

    • Dark Knight November 18, 2008 at 1:07 AM

      Some of them yes. But not all. We all must sound objective in our criticisms and not sound like we have vendetta or something. There’s nothing wrong in chasing or marrying a foreigner/mixed race/local or bush person. Its a choice!!!! As long as you find inner peace…

    • Dark Knight November 18, 2008 at 1:12 AM

      There are many strong, caring, loving, hard-working, sensitive Nigerian men out there home and abroad dating or married to beautiful ‘dark’ skinned african women. Maybe you haven’t met the right one yet? But sure there are many horrible guys out there!

    • Secret Admirer November 18, 2008 at 1:15 AM

      These pictures a hawwwwt! I’m sure the video will be the bomb! Dare thumbs up for stepping up the game. really impressed wif all ur video collections. Keep doin’ wat u do brov.

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 2:07 AM

      your reply is completely off point. There is nothing ‘racist’ about protesting the marginalization of perfectly beautiful and good women simply because an increasing number of Nigerian artists are colour-struck. Your claims about wanting to date Dare are absolutely ridiculous. And yes I talk with authority because it is an observable phenomenon that is occurring with an alarming increase around us. Nobody is disputing that the pictures are beautiful. I whole heartedly agree, the shots, the cinematography, everything about the video is beautiful, BUT that woman could have been black. And unfortunately, the reasons as to why she is not are particularly questionable.

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 2:13 AM

      I am not angry. I am simply pointing something out. And YES, some people need tearing down about certain things for their own good. Videos like this are PART of the reason why skin bleaching is killing African women. Videos like this are PART of the reason why a certain American rapper stated on National Television that he thinks dark skinned girls are ugly and called them ‘Dark Butts’. Videos like this are the reason why the term ‘Slave Black’ exists, and that’s just in this neck of the woods. Videos like this encourage colourism. If Dare cannot use a black woman in his video in a continent CHOCK FULL of black women, then what kind of message do you think that sends to all the young black girls growing up on our continent? That they are not good enough, or beautiful enough because they are not white with long wind-swept hair.

      Anger has nothing to do with it, and saying that I am angry because someone did something to me is silly. I have nothing against interracial relationships but I have something against potentially damaging marginalization of black women especially on their own continent which is even more insulting.

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 2:19 AM

      If you read through my comments you’ll see that I’m not dating anyone, black or white. The boy in question that “Amazed!” was referencing (she probably saw the picture of me and him on my blog) is my friend Vincent, who is gay. And yes there are a lot of Nigerian men like you described, but there is also a growing sub-population of said Nigerian men that are succumbing to rampant colourist inferiority complexes

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 2:28 AM

      “Secondly, Carla is African to the A. Previous videos of Dare have had black women. Even some unreleased ones have black women also. Why are we so concerned about colour as against who works best for the role in the video?”

      In other words, Black women are perfect for the “role” of shaking their asses and dancing in a music video.

      White and other lighter races of women are perfect for the “role” of the treasured, appreciated and adored love interest/girlfriend/wife now that said Artist is balling on a higher level.

      Again. I am sorry if Carla is your friend, but she is NOT African. Even if she has lived here since Tutankhamun became Pharaoh, she still isn’t. A black man that has lived in India for four generations is still ‘that black/African man’. Don’t believe me, go live there and try it for yourself.

      I am not disputing the quality of Dare’s music. My opinions on Dare’s music in itself are irrelevant as music is a personal choice and everyone’s taste in music varies. HOWEVER, acting in a music video is WORK, work that could have gone to a black woman in Africa but was outsourced to an Indian/White girl simply because the lens of colourism dictates that she is somehow ‘better’ than the millions of black women in Africa.

      It’s great that you’ve worked with Dare, and I hope you continue making great music, but it’s no excuse for local artists to marginalize black women in their own continent and in our local productions. It’s just not right.

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 2:35 AM

      Um… I’m in school. I have EVERY intention of moving back to Nigeria the moment I get my diploma. I have EVERY intention of using whatever skills I gain here to better the fortunes of those around me in Nigeria. I have EVERY intention of doing what I can to level the playing field for college students in Nigeria that might not have the opportunity to benefit from education abroad. I’m terribly proud of my country and that is why I cannot understand why a Nigerian woman or at least a black woman was not considered good enough to play the lead in Dare’s music video. If this is a music video by an Nigerian artist then what is an Indian/White girl doing playing the lead? Don’t even tell me it’s so he can break into the global market. Breaking into the global market is dependent on what you can bring to the world’s table from your corner. If you’re just going to bring the world something they already have then they don’t need you. This is where a lot of Africans fail. We need to represent OURSELVES. Trust me there are very few artists from other nations that are falling over themselves to put nationals of other countries on their front line projects, but for some reason we’re the first to. I’m not questioning Dare’s originality or talent, I am questioning the ethics of the whole music video girl situation and the driving force behind it. I worry that we Africans are the ones denying ourselves of the opportunities we create by handing them on a silver platter to foreign nationals who would rather die than do the same for us.

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 2:43 AM

      “Tatafo…well said. I was only wondering why Sugabelly had so much venom for one of the few guys trying to give Nigerian Music an international face.”

      In other words you are suggesting that ‘an International face’ is not a Black face.

      You are suggesting that “An International Face” can only be a white/light face

      I’m sorry but INTERNATIONAL includes black, white, yellow, red, and brown peoples, and since other countries are representing themselves like nobody’s business then I believe that we should be holding up our end instead of mindlessly worshipping at the altar of ‘foreignness’.

      How can we ever demand respect from other nations when we put our own down? Now I know the next slew of comments will be that I am putting Dare down so I am a hypocrite, but if that’s what you think then you are missing my point.

      I am not putting Dare down in any way. I have not said that he is an inferior artist, I have not said that his music is bad, I have not said that he will never make it. In contrast I think he is talented enough and tries to explore his art satisfactorily.

      However, what I mean by putting our own down is that WE are the ones denying ourselves and our people the OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE. WE ARE THE ONES.

      You have a music video to shoot. There are beautiful black girls everywhere but you fly to some other country to seek out the one or two white/other girls you can find.

      You have a television ad to shoot. There are talented black people everywhere, but you go find a white/other person to do it because you think the black people around you are not as good as one white person.

      Then other countries say that black people never excel at anything or are involved in anything. Well that’s because they are being denied the opportunity to represent themselves by their fellow black people. I’m sorry, but talented artist or not, the whole Dare video situation sucks.

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 2:53 AM

      Number One: I’m not dating a white boy. Even if I was, it would probably be because there are so many more white people where I am than black people. Also, the few Nigerians here are just as, if not even more colour struck than ever. All of them are desperate to be seen with a ‘white babe’ or if not then a ‘spanish babe’ is second best, and if still not, then nothing but a light-skinned girl will do.

      Number Two: Trust me, calling names indicates you’ve got nothing valid to say. I’m not even going to honour your childish comments with a response.

      Number Three: I know perfectly well that Dare is married to a Nigerian woman, but I also know perfectly well that A LOT of Nigerian men who are married/dating Nigerian women still think that a half-caste, white/other girl is still somehow better than a Nigerian woman. They may not count their wife/girlfriend in this group, but they may still think it about every other woman.

      Number Four: I never said Dare was a bad man.

      Number Five: I’ll gladly come home once my degrees are done and do all I can to build the country I love to death and help our people to help themselves and project themselves on the world platform without having to rely on the crutch of the blind westernization that said countries would like us to ape. Let’s hope you do even half as much.

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 2:59 AM

      By the way, I also did not agree with TuFace’s video. And if you’re so focused on who would work best for the ‘role’, the ODDS STILL SAY THAT A BLACK WOMAN SHOULD HAVE HAD THAT ROLE.

      Even if you’re not up for conjecture, mathematical probability given the population of Africa will prove it. Nuff said. The odds of the only girl being good enough for the role being white/indian are…in Africa… miniscule

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 3:00 AM

      Nobody is jealous. I can’t sing to save my life and have no desire to.

    • Temi November 18, 2008 at 4:33 AM

      Sugabelly calm down now. Its not a big deal that Dare used a light girl. Light girls are video-worthy too. His wife is not light u know.

    • Temi November 18, 2008 at 4:37 AM

      Sugabelly Dare’s baby mama is a dark beautiful Nigerian woman. stop crucifying the guy & dragging him into ur stereotypes.

      ONCE AGAIN….Dare can use any color of girl he likes.

    • Temi November 18, 2008 at 4:39 AM

      colonialism, slavery, and apartheid????

      WOOW. I think that’s a bit EXTREME. So I guess anyone who associates with oyibo is now a slave abi?

    • Temi November 18, 2008 at 4:42 AM

      I bet Dare didn’t think his choice of girl for his video would cause this much commotion. I bet the dude had a shortlist of options (including BEAUTIFUL BLACK GIRLS)…and his final choice of this girl wasn’t even as big of a deal as it is on this thread

    • Temi November 18, 2008 at 4:50 AM

      The funny thing is when Bella first posted this, I didn’t even notice the girl’s color. What caught me was the house and the ocean. And we black people will keep saying we don’t want to be judged by our color yet we are so quick to see other pple’s color.

      How do you want half-caste Nigerians to feel about this argument? Imagine your mom was white & your dad black and you came on here seeing people yell about Dare not using a dark girl? Isn’t this argument a bit ridiculous? Let’s stop this sillyness please.

      ANY ARTIST, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, CAN USE ANY COLOR OF GIRL IN A VIDEO. NOBODY IS TIED TO HIS/HER RACE. WE NEED TO MOVE ON AND LET GO OF THIS LAME ARGUMENT.

    • Anon November 18, 2008 at 7:16 AM

      It’s still not obvious who is narrow minded? lol na wa oh. As it turns out I need no excuse at all for wherever I decide to live. I said if ALL of us Nigerians in Diaspora, I did not say if I only decide to come home (… is there any point ‘xplainin’ even…)

    • tatafo! November 18, 2008 at 7:20 AM

      Dark Knight, well I hope sugabelly has answered your question. lol lemme break it down for you simply: It’s not just about Dare’s music video, his is just one of many,

    • tatafo! November 18, 2008 at 7:26 AM

      no oh Temi, she should not calm down. Sugabelly pls keep on articulately telling the masses what the rest of us can’t put into words because we’re either too angry or given up on the whole situation after being shut down countless times (like I have been, in fact I’m taking notes sef).

      And thank you all for not stooping to insult each other. This is a really engaging discussion

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 9:11 AM

      If a half-caste girl were to happen on this thread, I suppose she would feel slightly upset, and she might even protest. But upset does not change the truth. More often than not, half-caste girls get treated better than regular dark skinned black girls. That is the truth. And against all and any future protestations, I would like to know how of those half-caste girls would be willing to trade skins with a regular dark-skinned girl. I think we know the answer.

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 9:12 AM

      *how many

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 9:38 AM

      Temi, women are not tubes full of paint for an artist to go crazy with. As much as some people might want to, they are unfortunately as unlike a box of Crayolas as can be. And the truth is, in the world as it is today, you CANNOT be colour-blind. In fact, it is VERY NECESSARY to see colour so that you can EMBRACE it. People use the claim of colour-blindness as an excuse to marginalize people of colour and as Africans and particularly Nigerians we should be condemning it instead of being its staunchest supporters.

      When Vogue India launched, its first issue featured Gemma Ward a WHITE model in the CENTRE with two other Indian models on the sides. That issue sparked worldwide outrage as it should. People were disgusted to see a white model on the cover of Vogue INDIA with the real Indian models relegated to the sides and the inside cover. of course, Vogue India never made the mistake again, and has since ensured a steady supply of Indian models to fill the pages of its Indian edition.

      Likewise, Africans should employ, represent, and promote AFRICANS. The media as it is is already whitewashed enough. People need to be sensitive to the issues that we face as a race. Obama’s win is a great thing but it also means that NOW is the time to discuss and examine the issues of race and colour more than ever before, rather than to ignore it. Nigerians/Africans are UNDERREPRESENTED in all aspects of life, and our entrepreneurs, artists, politicians, and everyone else have a responsibility to showcase the best that we have to the world, especially now that we are on such a global platform.

      I cringe to think about the mockery we must endure in secret from other countries when they see our desperate plastering of anyone and anything foreign all over our exported media. Perhaps we should take a leaf out of Vogue India’s book.

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 9:44 AM

      Point in case.

      But on Bella Naija there are pictures of stunning, impeccably groomed women, everyday.

      Gee… I wonder where they all are????

    • Dark Knight November 18, 2008 at 10:46 AM

      Education abroad is a benefit? What happenned to schools at home? Why don’t you study here or are our teachers too lame and inexperienced? Why didn’t YOU give them a chance? Creative rights overrule your argument. Maybe we should talk when you graduate.

      P.S You really sound like a black ‘racist’ individual in ‘diaspora’(whatever that means)

    • Dark Knight November 18, 2008 at 12:38 PM

      she hasn’t actually. answered my question. But I think I rest my case. Sugabelly has a crusade that is valid and the solution should start with her. The future will tell where we all stand.

    • Temi November 18, 2008 at 1:08 PM

      Ok so its obvious neither you (tatafo) or sugabelly are light skinned. With that in mind, whatever anger u both (or anyone else) have against some girls for being born light skinned, please dont pour on Dare’s video. Dare has used dark girls, now he’s using a light girl. It’s only fair to not pounce on him for that. You’d have a better argument if he always used light skinned girls, but seriously lets think a bit more broadly.

      I’m tired of this discussion mehn…let me go call my DARK skinned girl.

      So sugabelly, tatafo just told u not to calm down. Please keep boiling and crash this server with your anger if possible. :)

      Thank you.

    • tatafo! November 18, 2008 at 2:11 PM

      rotfl all i’m saying is the sugabelly has valid points that transcends beyond if we are light or dark skinned, she’s bringing up issues about being color struck and colo-mentality.

      It just gets tiring to me when I see people trying to shut a dissenting but valid voice down as hating or being angry. Read what she’s saying, there’s truth to it no?

    • Sade Adu November 18, 2008 at 4:47 PM

      You people are here killing yourselves and explaining God knows what! Me I just watched the video on Youtube and its hotttt!!!!!

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 5:31 PM

      You’re obviously missing the point. Nobody is disputing that the video is hot which is why we’re not discussing it. Nobody cares about the video. It’s a great video. That has been established.

    • bella November 18, 2008 at 5:32 PM

      The video!!!

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    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 10:25 PM

      I’m in school here (and I mean in THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL) because of my degree requirements.

      There are no Nigerian Universities that offer my degrees as it is … yet.

      It is not a question of me not giving Nigerian Universities a chance. It’s a question of whether I would be able to pursue a triple-major in International Business, Fashion Merchandising, and Entrepreneurship in four years and complete a minor in art, an internship and an immersion course in Spain to perfect my Spanish.

      Regrettably, it wouldn’t have been possible in Nigeria, which saddens me to some extent. Perhaps very very soon, if our government stops diverting funds meant for our universities, we will have an education system that is embracive of all academic pursuits.

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 10:27 PM

      Besides Dark Knight, why do you sound so bitter about me being in school abroad?

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 10:28 PM

      Thanks for acquiescing, but I am already making an effort to do my part to improve our great country. What about you? How about changing your mentality for starters? Cleansing comes from within

    • Sugabelly November 18, 2008 at 10:32 PM

      *sigh* … perhaps comprehension is not your strong suit.

    • toyosi November 19, 2008 at 10:30 AM

      another sa video, plssss

    • Tosin November 20, 2008 at 6:55 PM

      Lovely song and nice video.

    • Tosin November 20, 2008 at 6:56 PM

      Beautiful song. Dare is so talented.

      http://www.faithfulsnetwork.com/

    • Uche November 27, 2008 at 4:44 PM

      This music video is really hot. Kudos Man!

    • Laide November 29, 2008 at 1:31 PM

      there is this new group that just released a NAIRA song, its definately a hit track, their video is all over facebook! im not sure but i think their name is H2o, Nigerian Music is going places oh! i sure love dare’s new video! laide

    • Deejay December 1, 2008 at 10:55 AM

      sugabelly, i suggest you choose your words wisely. your intent on the word ‘inappropriate’ deems to be one of confusion. WHO ARE YOU to spell out what is appropriate and what is not? u mention AFRICANS as if ALL africans are BLACK? again u seem to be misinformed. you should be looking at the ACTUAL VIDEO and NOT THE COLOUR OF THE MODEL’S SKIN. IT IS BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT STILL PROMOTE RACIAL LINES AND THAT IS WHY AFRICA WILL CONTINUE TO BE SEEN AS A COUNTRY WITH RACIAL ISSUES.

    • mimz December 6, 2008 at 2:54 AM

      the title of the album is apt, as he has given us every cause to underate him, we the dudde is not delivering nko?
      newais in order not to overflog a dead horse, he should beta deliver in this album, video…. haut!!!!!!!!
      but somfin seriously has to be done bou his modulations, pitch n siingin technique, with all the doosh him n deola have dey shld b able to afford a trainer. he also needs to work on his facial expressionswen taking the high notes……freaky!!!

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    • nike December 15, 2008 at 12:09 PM

      are u joking?do u live in nigeria?or have u ever been to nigeria???cos i’m sure if u hae,u’ld see alot of beautiful young models,even some working in the SA where the video was shot!get off ur high-freaking horse!isnt it a model-looking girl he wanted in his video?even if you dont now about the less-popular nig models,you must have at least heard of people like oluchi,ojy,warebi etc…

      and if you have seen p-square’s video,ifunanya,the ‘video vixen’ was none other than ex-MBGN Munachi who looked stunning in the video!get your facts right before you come here and start running your mouth!

      hiss!

    • nike December 15, 2008 at 12:40 PM

      i’m really amazed that alot of people here cant seem to understand sugabelly’s point.i mean seriously,we all know its a great video,but can we please leave sentiments aside?sugabelly has a lot of points here and the sooner we begin to understand these ‘problems’ the better.its not all about superb videos and production quality,there is also the content and a message being sent across to the viewing public.

      lets stop being so narrow-minded and impressed by all things foriegn.there are also good videos shot and produced in nigeria with beautiful black,nigerian girls.no one is disputing the fact that its a great video,but by featuring a foreign model(even if she’s african,she’s south-african,not nigerian),it sends a wrong message,there are many nigerian models working in SA,one of them would have been equally perfect for the role.

      http://my-borrowed-life.blogspot.com/

    • anon December 19, 2008 at 11:14 PM

      Maybe you should be given the contract to provide the nigerian girls…What is it with you people?wont you leave dis guy alone? Racism is an epidemic affecting us,but we just dont know it yet. Wake up guys!!!

    • 6 pack and ripped December 20, 2008 at 12:05 AM

      which useless point abeg! Go and watch Dare Ft 2Face ‘carry dey go’…very black naija girl in there or escalade and co. those are Videos that have set the naija industry standards. Go and shoot Banky for using similar girl in don’t break my heart then or Psquare…or d’banj or olu maintain…abeg jare…what’s wrong with variety…bloody hater. women are just too problematic…pretty sure y’all love Dare behind closed doors!!! Lol! Lol!! Lol!!! Lol!!!!

    • Nky February 4, 2009 at 1:49 PM

      U are one funny dude!!!

    • Wonu February 8, 2009 at 5:46 AM

      I am obviously a few months behind on reading this wonderful dialogue between numerous educated, intelligent, articulate, passionate, funny, open minded people.

      To everyone who appears to be “hating” on Suggabelly because they are either missing her point or just don’t want to hear her point, please leave her alone.

      Everyone is entitled to their opinions, so please let her have and share hers.

      I do think it’s wonderful that her opinion sparked such a heated debated.

      Some of my thoughts on the light skinned issue:
      For the longest time society has always shown a preference for people with lighter skin color for a lot of things; in social and professional settings. Not saying this is right or that we in our personal undertakings in life should condone/perpetuate it but it is one of those facts of life that no one on this blog can do anything about.

      Does anyone have a plan on how we can fix this “problem?” I have read a lot of posts on how what he has done is so bad & inappropriate but no solutions that he can actually use.
      Would it have been okay if the girl was Nigerian but looked like the girl in the video? Or would it have been okay if she was South African but dark skinned.
      Is this about nationality or color of the skin?

      My thoughts on using a light skinned model/actress in the video:
      A few people asked “why didn’t he use any of the Nigerian based models in SA”: there is a VERY strong possibility that the company responsible for casting and production did not have Nigerian models in their portfolio

      A few people asked “why didn’t he use a black girl”: As others have pointed out, he has used black girls & guys in some of his previous videos.
      I guess maybe through out his career, he should always use black girls & guys, and refuse to use light skinned people, maybe he should also refuse to work with anyone who is not black on any of his projects.

      Better still why don’t we all boycott any African/Nigerian artiste who uses light skinned people in any of their projects.

      Side note: Since light skinned people of mixed race are yet to get their own race category; most of them call themselves black. They check that option on forms, and socially acknowledge that they are black. Thank God that the times that they had to pass for “white” are behind them.

      My thoughts on the going to SA to shoot the video:
      If quality is better and it can be produced with the same amount or a little less, why wouldn’t anyone want to try this. A lot of artists strive to give their fans good quality products. He has produced all of his previous videos in Nigeria, I guess that does not count for anything.

      So some people have travelled out of Nigeria to get what they believe they can’t get at home. Be it education, medical care, security etc. we certainly cannot condemned them for that. We all have to make some personal choices in life.
      The ones that go out for education could either make a choice of either settling for whatever they can get out of our educational system or go elsewhere for it.
      For those that leave for medical reasons could either stay in Nigeria and take their chances or at least try another option.

      Bottom line here is that you cannot make everyone happy (and I am sure Dare knows that). You win some and lose some, if he had used a skinny black girl, then my full figured sisters would complain. If the quality of the video was poor, grainy, full of static then others would put that down.

      I could go on but I am actually getting tired (it’s pretty late)

    • Beezaun February 8, 2009 at 2:06 PM

      people are allowed to do whatever they want wherever…for me when 9ja videos are shot in foreign countries and when i see white chics in them i dont really connect with d song like that esp if again naija lingo isnt used!but then he probably has his audience who will love him and support wherever he shoots his videos and whatever he sings..people like me will just keep listening to that his fuji music song(which is on my ipod by d way) ..

    • Wonu February 8, 2009 at 7:51 PM

      fuji is on my Ipod 2 and few others, his song with this woman also has some ethnic lyrics…

    • @JAMIE December 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM

      Dare Art Alade is my favourite musician and i think dare, asa and 9ice with GTB da guita man should make a collaboratoin it will sound nice to us All. ride on boy, jamieolalekan@yahoo.com.

    • PAUL SIMON FORESIGHT February 19, 2011 at 7:42 PM

      ALWAYS DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY