Why doesn’t Nigeria have an answer for Black Eyed Peas’ “Where is the love?” 17 years after?

It’s one week already

One week of what?

Are you a stranger in Nigeria? Don’t you know what happened on Nigeria’s Black Tuesday?

Of course, I do. But why are you bringing Black-Eyed Peas into the matter?

Can you please answer the question?

Wait a minute, did Black-Eyed Peas mention Nigeria anywhere in the song? The song is 17-years-old. Besides, you can’t just be answering every question you hear? You will soon be overwhelmed and may lose your cool

I agree with you that there is just so much someone can handle, even though we must find a way to answer the important ones. The questions are definitely very many these days, and have since multiplied following the heart-wrenching events of last week and the contributions of the Casualties.

There you go again. I knew you would find a way to throw in something from the Great poet, JP Clark, who paddled away to meet his Maker only recently. By the way, I’m still waiting to read your tribute to the great man.

Apologies, I was caught up. You know what the last three weeks have been like. Somehow, I believe the great man didn’t want to ‘bother’ us. He knew we were already caught up. He had seen enough Casualties and knew the circle was only being expanded by our consistent poor choices. But please let’s stick to the subject of discourse and leave Prof JP out of this.

I’m sorry, I don’t have an answer to the question of Black-Eyed Peas, ‘Where is the love?’ There is an epidemic of difficult to answer questions the way things are.

Which is your favorite verse in the song?

The last verse

Of course. Can we sing together?

Yeah

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I’m gettin’ older, y’all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin’
Selfishness got us followin’ the wrong direction

Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema

Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity

That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down
There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
Gotta keep my faith alive ’til love is found
Now ask yourself

Where is the love?
Where is the love?
Where is the love?
Where is the love?

Father, Father, Father, help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love?

Wow, you still remember all the lines.

You forgot it was the anthem for us back in those days

I know but can I shock you?

Oh, you too. So, you have joined the ‘E shock you train?’

All of us are in that train, my friend. But here is what I find very interesting. Will Adams, Jaime Gomez, Allan Pineda, Justin Timberlake, Printz Board, Michael Fratantuno, George Jr Pajon, actually tucked the answer to the question inside the song?

What do you mean?

This is one of those special occasions where the answer to the question is in the question. Did you ever sing this line in the song – If you never know truth then you never know love?

Yeah, Oh. How come I never gave it any thought before now?

These things appear like that sometimes.

You’re saying we can find the love in truth?

Definitely

What, and where is truth?

Go figure

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