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March 16, 2013

Ruggedman Airs His Displeasure With Channels TV Over Their "My Oga At The Top" Interview + Read Charles Novia's View And 'Poem' About The Now Infamous Gaffe + Ope Banwo Is Planning A Remix Of The Poem!

Musician, Ruggedman.

Fans replied Ruggedman's tweets thus:

Well, I feel you RuggeddyBaba. According to my friend, Izzy,  "D guy no fit show you d 'shift' or 'alt' button for computer, talkless of website; but...ask am about jazz or gun (shot)...he go explain am for you, come still put .com for end"! Woyo oh! Lmao!!!

Read Charles Novia's view below and his "Oga at d top" poem.

Charles Novia


Obaifeiye Shem, the Lagos Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Defence Corps, would never have imagined in his life that he would start off a viral and new-Naija lexicon with his famous phraase, 'my Oga at the top'. I caught the bug just a day back when I started receiving blackberry broadcasts with whimsical coinages about it and I had to go on youtube to see the interview for myself. Briefly, Commandant Shem was asked to give the correct web address of the NSDC and he made the now-famous phrase..'my oga at the top will not allow me..' or something close to that. 

As hilarious as this may be to millions of people, it is also a sad reminder of our societal genuflection as a people. The whole apparatus of the Nigerian administrative organogram is strangleheld by so many 'Ogas on top'. An effective 'checks-and-balances' system which works seamlessly in other climes is made impotent here in Nigeria by a wicked system of administrative despotism. Nothing gets done except the top guns approves, even your visiting the restroom!
It's more shameful in the political landscape where there are so many 'Ogas on top' that no one ever knows who the buck stops with unless it comes to sharing money looted from the national till.
'The Oga on top' syndrome is really not new in Nigeria. It has always been there. It was just given a new colouration by Commandant Shem and found a new acceptance by the vibrant and active social media crowd who are always looking out for catch-phrases. Within a few hours of the short clip being posted on youtube, a hurriedly produced song had been streamed with the phrase as its chorus and now T-shirts with the emblazoned phrase are being sold! It is good to see how Nigerians in mirth have accepted the phrase, which is a stark portrayal of the drudgery of our social and political aspirations.
Someone told me this morning that the phrase seems to have caught on among the market women. His wife went to the market to buy Catfish and the seller in trying to catch her attention screamed; 'Customer, come buy my fish for your Oga on top'!

Another fellow sent me a mail this morning in which he narrated that while driving along Sanusi Fafunwa Street in Lagos last night after closing from work, he could have sworn the call girls standing along the road called out. 'Honey, stop naa! My oga on top, come naaa'! God help us. 

Perhaps soon, in wedding ceremonies in Churches and registries, the marriage vows would be rephrased to ' Do you promise to marry your 'oga on top..' and to love and cherish, till death ...' Perhaps, we just might have another phrase for a 'Madam on top' and I don't think the meaning of that would be far removed from the bedroom, if the missionaries stop making their positions known on this matter. All pun intended.
So, who really is this nebulous 'Oga on top' we joke about? It is that innate fellow in you who believes the world must stand still if you are not a factor in getting things done. Everyone is just an 'oga on top' that you really wonder who then is the person below. No one wants to accept full responsiblity for either personal or collective failings. Everyone is just an Oga, down to the clerk in the office.
How about this poem I just wrote: and if any you are going to lift this poem off this wall, kindly credit it to the original author; me. 

'My Oga on top,
Make you chop so me sef fit chop
Nor finish the water for my cup
Or wetin I go drink if you nor stop?
My oga on top,
nor drive pass my bus stop
becos you dey Aso Rock.
Nor forget say me sef wan chop
from dat national sower sop.
My oga on top,
Nor chop cake come give me lollipop
Or else your show go flop.
I don warn you, my oga on top.' 


Here is what popular Entertainment lawyer and activist, Ope Banwo, had to say about the poem,, "Awesome Charles my man. You are very adroit with words. One request: so I have permission to allow one of my musicians to make a song from that poem. We can't waste the literary ingenuity o"!

In other news, Charles Novia's latest movie, Alan Poza, which was premiered last weekend in Lagos, has been nominated for 'Best Screenplay' (Charles Novia) for this year's Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and also 'Best Actor In A Leading Role' (OC UKEJE). The prolific filmmaker is definitely on a roll!  Here is what Mr Hakeem Rahman, the immediate past Vice president S/W, at the Actors Guild Of Nigeria had to 
say about Alan Poza: "I want to add that the film ALAN POZA is a nice piece from Charles Novia think stable. A unique film with intrigues. The cast was a perfect match. When it's out in the cinema go in thousands to watch. It is a must watch film. U will learn some new tricks and be in tune with modern day practice". Nice one! CONGRATS again to Mr Charles Novia.

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