O.M.A. Daramola and O. S. Adekogbe

O.M.A. Daramola is a Professor of Music and Performative Musicology and current Dean, Faculty of Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

O. S. Adekogbe is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He specializes in the areas of musical acoustics, popular music, and gender studies.


Within the traditional African setting, the values of an African mother in the domestic and societal ambience have called for great concerns. (Akujobi: 2) examines African Motherhood as a sacred as well as a powerful spiritual component required in the nurturing and development of an African child. The scope of this paper, therefore, is to examine the position of Jimi Solanke with regards to the values of African mothers, advocated by him in some of his purposively selected songs. As these songs address the values and position of motherhood as caretakers of children and strongholds in African homes., the paper adopts oral interview, while engages the theory of Womanism and Feminism as rightly observed by (Sotunsa :227-234) as its methodological approaches and largely concentrates on the experience of an African mother, the family relationship as well as the importance of motherhood in her role as an African child nurturer and developer. The paper also attempts to find out that Jimi Solanke has not only appraised the values of African mothers but also expressed severe consequences on any African child, who happens to despise an African mother.

‘‘OMO T’O MO ‘YA’RE LOJU” (A Child That Despises His Mother): The Cultural Value of Motherhood in Jimi Solanke’s Music

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