Realizing my sexuality by watching Wizkid’s “Holla at your boy” video 9 years ago.
MTV BASE is my favorite music channel. It has been since its inception, and even through that period when I hated TV and switched to my phone and laptop. I love their timely and well curated programs; makes me wonder how being part of a TV production team would feel like. I love being in charge of creating something, and when it comes to Nigeria’s only prolific industry (besides organized religion) I think MTV BASE makes the music scene/Lagos life enviable.
Last night, they created a top 20 lists of the best Wizkid’s music (videos). For the life of me, I had no idea Wizkid had a long discography until that night. Mainly because I haven’t been following his music journey since Ojuelegba was hit — which in my opinion was his best track ever. However, watching every music video for almost an hour made me realise how much Wizzy has grown in the music scene. I was particularly interested in his. Holla at your boy video which was no 7 (I think) on this list. I was curious to know if it would make the list.
That opening scene where BankyW spoke to Wizkid and Skales (OMG! WAS THAT HIM?) in a Range Rover with Wizkid’s colorful T-shirt and hat — LMAO!
And thus began my nostalgic journey.
9 years ago, I was a teenager blossoming in new found curiosity called puberty. I was starting to notice boys existed even though they were all around me, and I was beginning to feel their existence mattered in my life. Puberty was confusing but it brought me my sense of sexuality. It made me realize I was attracted to males. I had not had the actual affirmation except from tiny crushes here and there until the wave of this new kid in the music block came in. And to make things more weird, his name was Wizkid. It was just a wild time to be a teenager.
Everyone wanted to know about him or at least learn the lyrics to his songs so you’ll be seen as one of the cool kids. Wizkid was cool, and so were his new found fans. The music video was highly anticipated because we were all curious to see who this kid was. And it didn’t disappoint, looking back at that video on this night 9 years later, he really did well. The school setting made the video even more likeable with a beautiful light skinned video vixen twirling her waist to his crotch.
9 years ago, it was this music video that made me realise how much I liked boys, especially boys that wore T-shirts with colorful prints, face caps and sneakers. For one thing, the music video and the artist itself made me invest in Nigerian music and wondered if every other male artiste would do cool things like ride bicycles and skate like Wizkid.
Thankfully, my taste in men has evolved over the years because life happened and I learnt Nigerian men DO NOT go around singing songs for you on stairwells nor do they skate. However, the walk back through Wizkid’s musical lane made me realise how quick time flies and why it is necessary for change to occur in our lives. He has grown from Wizkid to a Starboy, literally.
I couldn’t complete the program thanks to NEPA and I had to get ready for the following morning lectures. If you caught the program of MTV BASE, what song was number 1 on the list? I’m actually curious!
Also, what is your favorite Wizkid’s song so far?