By Agatha Emeadi
Nigerian–New York-based artiste, Ibezim Okehi, has finally released his much talked about single titled ‘Fire in Nigeria.’
Excited about his work, the artiste who goes by the stage name ‘Sir IB’ shares his inspiration for his choice of songs and why he chose the title ‘Fire in Nigeria.’
“I am a complete homeboy. Though I live in New York, my love for Nigeria is inborn. It is natural that my heart longs for the home, which explains why I keep abreast with information and happenings here in Nigeria.
“For my title ‘Fire in Nigeria,’ it captures what is happening all around Nigeria; the everyday issues that ordinary Nigerians talk, complain about and seek solutions to.
“I am happy I can express people’s experiences, their troubles and the solution they seek for.
“I speak with friends and loved ones often who talk about their experiences daily in our country and I am pleased to be home now to see things for myself,” Okehi said.
The artiste, who is currently in Nigeria, believes that in spite of the challenges, which he thinks are not totally peculiar to Nigeria, wants the government of the day to be positive, create solutions and be result-oriented.
He said: “Something is certain; challenges are bound in every society; it is important that the people begin to find solutions to the problems
“I believe that the victims concerned would easily find lasting solutions to the challenges facing them. For instance, children who are out of school should be supported by the immediate community so as to attract the government attention,” he said.
Okehi, therefore, said: “I believe that the same thing applies to other areas where every day Nigerians face challenges. Why would fellow Nigerians be on the streets when there are houses without people in them for years? Why would children serve as domestic servants in other families, when they could be within their own families and get some forms of support?
“Why would government not provide pipe borne water and other social amenities for its citizens? Or even the major ASUU strike, where students have been home in the last seven-months.”
Okehi believes in Nigeria and hopes to give his voice to issues in the hope that Nigeria would again become a beautiful bride.
“I love Nigeria and I will see it work and work well,” he declared.