Music can bring healing to the world, says Nome
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world, fast-rising South Africa-based Nigerian musician, Ignatius Ehinome Okojie, believes music can bring healing to the world at a time like this.
“Music is the only thing that can heal the world now and I for one am going to be part of that adventure,” said the Edo State-born music act, who is simply known as Nome.
Nome’s assertion aligns with a November 2015 article by Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women’s Health Watch, published on Harvard Health Blog.
In the article entitled ‘Healing through music’, Merz argues that “music therapy…can improve medical outcomes and quality of life in a variety of ways”.
Nome, while welcoming his fans to the month of September via social media, admonished that the “misconception” surrounding the so-called “mber months”, the season leading to Christmas, should be abolished and replaced with love and appreciation for the approaching end of year.
The last four months of the year, popularly called ‘MBER MONTHS’, are generally seen as a period of chaos, ritual killings and dangers of every kind.
“It’s high time Africans move past the belief that this season (MBER MONTH) is one of danger,” said the afro pop singer who had his early beginning in music as a choir boy from the tender age of eight.
He said that Africa is bigger, more creative and more advanced than even Africans themselves are meant to believe.
“2020 has already proven to be one of the most dangerous and heart-breaking year since my birth and the so-called MBER MONTH is yet to be seen. So with all that has already happened this year, I don’t think it will be fair to keep piling that amount of pressure on ourselves to look out for MBER MONTH. Testimony, goodwill and love should be the purpose of our existence from here on,” he said.