Yorùbá poet Lanrewaju Adepọju performed and recorded Ìlú le! (‘Hard Times!’) in 1980. At the time Nigeria was transitioning from the miltary junta of Olúṣẹ́gun Ọbásanjọ́ to the elected government of Shehu Shagari whose regime was becoming deeply unpopular with citizens.
As if by a deluge of evil
Everyone is in trouble
And everyone now cherishes common ninepence!…