Mix: Dj Obey Young Girl – Exclusive Mix

Dj OBEY and General Baba I was struck with immense humility when I saw with my own eyes how fortunate I was to have US currency; for one US dollar is equal to roughly 120 Naira. This did not hit me until my dad explained to me why my neighbors woke up at the break of dawn. My neighbors lived in a very small shack-like house that strained to accommodate a six-member family. There was a girl about my age whose daily routine was to wake up at 5:00 a.m. and walk three miles to the river to fetch water. From there, she returned by 6:30 a.m. to heat up the leftovers to prevent the food from spoiling (few families had refrigerators). She also used some water to bathe, making sure she saved enough water for her family to bathe as well; my dad also told me that many others simply bathed in the same river where they fetched their water. After bathing, she would find some breakfast, or simply eat any leftovers she could find, and prepare for the day’s work. Her parents were farmers, so she helped them work in the field to produce crops to sell in the market. In this way, they made their living. By 8:00 a.m., she reported to school; to my surprise my father said that she was fortunate: some families could not afford school fees. I was shocked. “Why aren’t there any public schools?” I wondered. I felt privileged yet upset about my own familiar routine; I became disgusted with the way that some Americans wasted their opportunity to get a free education by either skipping class or not trying in school. However, the literacy rate of United States is 99%, while the literacy rate of Nigeria is only 68%. My neighbor’s life showed me just how hard people worked in Nigeria to obtain what we Americans tend to take for granted—running water, electricity, refrigerators, and education. Observing my neighbors also revealed the importance of family in Igbo culture; for everything my neighbor did, from fetching the water to helping out with the farming, was not for herself alone, but also for her family. Her routine was common to the 52% of Nigerians in rural areas. Unfortunately, like my neighbors, 70% of Nigeria also lives below the poverty line. In comparison, only 12% of those in the United States live below the poverty line. This type of daily struggle was so different from my experience, so how could this place be my home? Other traditions were also new to me, such as the “Coming Out Ceremony” during which boys become “men” at around twenty-five years of age. I actually observed this odd ceremony in which my cousin “became a man.” They dressed with traditional wrappers on their heads and waists, and danced with swords and sticks. As I wondered how this made someone a “man” and thanked God that my classmates were not there to make fun of my cousin, I had a realization. As the drums pounded and a rhythmic beat seemingly controlled the men in their dances, and I finally realized that this is my home and these “odd” ceremonies weren’t so odd after all. This is my culture, my people, and my heritage. It was as if the music, yelling, and dancing had opened my eyes to see that a lot of the culture I experienced in Nigeria—religion, family, and traditional customs—was very much alive in my life in the United States and in fact laid the foundation not only to my home, but also to my life. Because many poverty-stricken youth in Nigeria lack suitable living circumstances, an education, and the opportunity to advance themselves, while I live “the land of opportunity,” it seems as if we come from entirely different worlds. Yet I still find an intimate connection with these children through the one thing that I used to be ashamed of—my Igbo culture. A protracted emotional struggle that started out with my being ashamed of my name had ultimately ended in great pride. Now when I say my name, I proclaim it with the pride of a lion, for I am a proud product of my culture and my name represents that. Many children worldwide experience a lack of comfort with their own culture and heritage, especially those who feel pressured to assimilate and blend in with the culture in which they live. I hope that not all children have to travel a thousand miles to be comfortable with their cultures. Ideally, “cultural comfort” simply starts with an open mind and a strong spirit, not a plane ticket. I traveled to Nigeria with a closed mind and a lack of cultural orientation, but I left with so much more. Gaining understanding and confidence with my own culture has allowed me to view the world in a whole new light—with an open mind, humble heart, and grateful a demeanor—and has inspired me to pursue an understanding of other cultures

Mix5: Dj Obey Young Girl – Exclusive Mix!!

If You Follow money you don deid a.k.a (Dj OBEY YOUNG GIRL). Hail from Ile-Ife Ukelle Ogoja Cross River State. Of Nigeria, A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, B.A Philosophy, Presently live in New York, United State. He started the Disc-jockey years back, about 30years ago. Starting from Recording studios Dj OBEY Godfather Recording Studio Ile-Ife, Galaxy Music Theater Ile-Ife, Plateaux Records Store, Yaba Lagos and Agbowo Shopping Complex Ibadan. He was known as (Dj OBEY YOUNG GIRL The Smooth Mix Master in the 80s) He has being a Club Dj OBEY YOUNG GIRL night clubs e.g Nightshift coliseum Opebi Lagos, Kokodome, Platnum, Cottons club, Walan Club D’Rovans and e.t.c all in Ibadan in the southwest of Nigeria between 1995 and 2005. He was also a Radio Dj on many famous Radio stations in Oyo and Osun state. Stations like BCOS Ibadan, OSBC Oshogbo, and lately, Uniqfm Ilesha, Crownfm; Ile-Ife, also a Tv Presenter/Producer on Nigerian