Extraordinary vernacular rapper, Okechukwu Edwards Ukeje, aka Mr Raw (Nigga Raw) has led other select raving and upcoming acts, including fellow compatriot, Okechukwu Emmanuel aka Slow Dog, to thrill campus fans and other guests at an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s South East Zone anti-corruption concert, which held at the International Conference Centre, Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu.
Tagged “EFCC – Drama, Music and Comedy Battle corruption”, the well-attended show, which commenced in the evening and lasted till about 9pm also featured other artistes such as Nex MC, Comedian, Kolo.com and the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC), Enugu drama troupe among other budding acts. Incidentally, almost all the artistes that performed at the event were IMT products.
Mr raw, who stole the show, was ushered into the stage with chants of Nigga Raw, Nigga Raw, by enthusiastic students and guests. But immediately he took hold of the microphone, the impressive rapper politely reminded the crowd, using soft vernacular rap lines like: “Biko ana m azazi Mr Raw, Afam buzi Mr Raw,” meaning, I now go by the name Mr Raw. He then began to roll out a number of his popular numbers, back-to-back, beginning with one of his maiden hits, Obodo.
Before Mr Raw, a product of IMT, came on to wrap up the show, there were other scintillating performances from other artistes including the Enugu NYSC’s official cultural troupe; and Slow Dog, also a product of IMT, who as well dazzled the audience while performing his songs, including his trending hit, Nwanne Waa, among others.
At the special concert were the Director of Public Affairs Directorate of EFCC headquarters, Abuja, Osita Nwaja; Head of EFCC South East Zonal office, Adamu Danmusa; Head of Enlightenment and Reorientation, Samin Amadin; Head of Public Affairs Department, South East Zone of the commission, Chris Oluka; and Aisha Gambari of the Enlightenment and Reorientation Unit, Abuja, among others.
Others were representatives of IMT management, as well as those from the NDLEA, Police, and Bank of Industry, among others, who were there to support the commission.
Speaking to The Oracle Today, the Director of Public Affairs Directorate of the anti-graft agency, Abuja, Osita Nwajah, said that the drive was a new initiative of the commission aimed at partnering the young ones to tell them that crime does not pay, using what they cherish, such as showbiz, to drive home the commission’s message.
Nwajah explained that the commission adopted the new method of enlightenment because Nigerian tertiary institutions host large caches of youths, who he said, were the country’s future, adding that the youths have all it takes to pull the country off its continued slide via corruption.
He disclosed that the IMT affair was the flag off of EFCC’s new campaign for the South East, adding that the drive would also hold in other campuses in the zone, as would it be replicated in other zones throughout the country.
“Part of our mission here today is to advise the youth and the general public to stay off corruption. We have explained to them that the little joy that they may earn when they cheat their fellow men or foreigners using the internet, that it would not last because the eagle eyes of EFCC would always be there, and that the commission would take away the so-called joy when they are caught, thereby leading to the destruction of the culprit, and shame upon his family and associates,” Nwajah said.
On why IMT was chosen for the South East campaign flag-off, the EFCC boss said it was because IMT was a hub of creativity, not only in the South East, but in Nigeria as a whole, adding, “If not the most popular, IMT is one of the most popular high institutions, not only in the South East but in Nigeria.
“IMT is the hub of a lot of things, especially as regards creativity. Energy and creativity flows through this institution, which has also produced a lot of Nigeria’s frontline artistes; and so, you cannot mention student activism and creativity without giving IMT a pride of place.
“And you know, in life, the way you start something usually determines how much you will flow. I am pleased with this outing and with this success today; the drive will flow comfortably to other institutions in the South East.
And on why the commission adopted the showbiz approach for its enlightenment campaigns, Nwajah said that, “we are trying to use a different platform to carry out our campaigns.
“People usually associate the EFCC with only arrest and charging people to court. Many people were not aware that the commission also has a mandate to educate citizens – using any platform of education and enlightenment – to send the message.
“The message is not only sent when you arrest somebody or when you take him to court. The message can also be sent through the things that you enjoy such as music, drama and cultural displays, just as we have done here today.