Many these days referred to themselves as a Marlian. The question to ask today is ‘Who else is a Marlian?’. One of the names you probably heard severally in 2019 is Naira Marley; he’s unarguably one of the most searched names on the internet in Nigeria in the year that said goodbye some days ago. Forget African Giant Burna Boy who had a superb year, Naira Marley is the name you would hear in the streets, on-air, even pastors wont cease to refer to this name on their pulpits. The dreadlocks wearing rapper got more attention than any other musician and is massive followers were referred to as ‘Marlians’; a movement that has more followers than your favorite NPFL team.
Who is Naira Marley?
Naira Marley born Afeez Fashola is a controversial Nigerian musician. He was born in Nigeria but moved to Peckham England when he was 11years old. He was born on the 9th of May 1994. He got his stage name from late reggae icon Bob Marley whom he also considered as an inspiration. Naira Marley is the self-acclaimed pioneer of Afro-Baashment_ a form of Afro-beat with Jamaican and British influences.
Rise to Stardom of the Marlian King
Although he released several songs including his first single in the UK titled ‘Marry Juana’ in 2014. Little was known of him until his collaboration with Olamide and Lil Kesh titled ‘Issagoal’ became an instant hit as it was the unofficial anthem of the Nigerian national football team Super Eagles to the 2018 World cup in Russia. ‘NM’ as he is fondly called got more attention when he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) alongside artiste Zlatan and several others.
Naira Marley became popular during his days in the EFCC custody and many likened him to the Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti for his notorious lifestyle. After several court proceedings, he was released by EFCC in May 2019 and quickly released a song titled ‘Am I a yahoo boy’ with Zlatan followed by ‘Soapy’ (a song that tells his experience in the EFCC custody). He hasn’t slowed down since his release, dropping hits back to back, creating dance moves and killing shows.
The Marlian Fever
Since coming to limelight, Naira Marley has got massive followers everywhere including on social media. He trends on Twitter every now and then due to his controversial posts. He has been tipped by several quarters as the ‘bad influence’ on Nigerian youths even though he categorically stated those who are a bad influence on Nigerians. The Naira Marley movement known as ‘The Marlian Nation’ has been growing and you can’t but come across Nigerians especially the youths adoring him. Only time will tell if the number of Marlians will not surpass Malians.
Naira Marley had a fantastic 2019 and has had many other Nigerian artistes claiming to be Marlians. He dazzled at the Starboy Wizkid’s fest in the UK and the African Starboy isn’t shy to say he’s a Marlian. Davido, Zlatan and several other top artistes have also claimed to be involved in this movement. Popular OAP, Toke Makinwa couldn’t shy away from the fact that she’s a member of the movement when the ‘Tesumole’ crooner surprised her during her last birthday party. Nollywood veteran, actor Richard-Mofe-Damijo in a recent post also declared his family are Marlians. Several other celebrities have also been caught by the Marlian fever.
The crave for the Marlian movement was seen as Naira Marley had his first concert at the Eko Convention Centre. Many Marlians reports to the show in the last day of the year to see the Marlian king who recently dropped a new body of works called ‘Lord of Lamba (Lol!)’. With a new dance moves for one its track which is trending ‘Tesumole’, the symptoms of the Marlian fever seems never to stop. Who knows when we will all get over the Marlian fever? Do you know how one cannot be tested positive for this fever? Lol!