The ‘Marlian’ gang: Can Nigerians contain this generation of deviants?

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Naira Marley was born in Agege, Lagos State, Nigeria and later moved to Peckham, South London when he was just 11 years of age. According to him, he had the youth aspiration of becoming an MC and voice over artiste. he found his singing ability when he was asked by his companions to sing in one of their sessions.


In the wake of seeing his ability and prospect in his music vocation, after the joke track, Marry Juanna (Marijuana) became a hit in the UK, he chose ultimately to seek after his music profession.

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He came entirely into the spotlight after releasing Issa Goal, featuring Olamide and Lil Kesh. His next song, Am I a yahoo boy?, the tune that got the attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) became an infamy, that caused his fans to support him even harder as they adopted an us versus them mentality, thus making Naira Marley a hero. Granted bail two weeks later, Marley told the story of life behind bars in a single called ‘Soapy’ which became not just a club anthem, but a world listened song. His added fame and detention got him releasing, Pxta, Mafo,and Bad Influence, among others while showing off his marijuana wraps and puffing the smoke in everyone’s face.

Not much was known about Naira Marley in Nigeria, until his world cup anthem, Issa goal featuring Olamide in 2017 became a hit. Fast-forward to present day, Naira Marley’s songs are the toast of any party. In fact, any DJ worth his name, has to include his songs at short intervals in order to liven up his audience, especially if they are Nigerian youths.


The Naira Marley fever is one that has swept across the entertainment scene like a flood, giving rise to a new generation of people called Marlians, Now the term Marlians is used by people who are fans and followers of Naira Marley, with obvious characteristics, while many have confessed to becoming or associating with deviants, rebellion, among other vices in order to be tagged as true Marlians.

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