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Chibundu-dinachiI’ve had this video on replay and can’t get the hook—“Choose wisely, four years na long time o”—out of my head.

With the Nigerian elections only a few weeks away, Nigerian novelist, Chibundu Onuzo, teams up with her sister, Dinachi, to send Nigerians a much needed election message: “Don’t sell your future for today’s gain.”

Calling Nigerian’s to use the power of their vote wisely, Chibundu warns the Nigerian voter to beware of politicians seeking to buy votes with cheap handouts.

“Man cannot live by rice alone,” she belts out, “You go chop am go toilette.”

Yeah, you probably know Chibundu as a novelist. Her debut novel, Spider King’s Daughter, was all we talked about in 2012.

These days, between work on her next novel and doctoral studies at King’s College, she takes time out to sing, doing live performances and studio recordings. Dinachi, who is a singer-song-writer, plays the guitar and sings with this beautiful Asa-esque voice that I find endlessly charming.

This is certainly an innovative way of reaching out to Nigerians. Chibundu could have written some long essay published on the Guardian about why Nigerians should choose wisely. But she chose to sing about it. Nigerians read, but music is still the truest way to their hearts.

The fun and laid back vibe of the video coupled with the super-catchy hook is sure to give listeners a thing or two to think about.

Thumbs up to Chibundu and Dinachi for such lovely work.

I’ll leave you to watch and rock out to “Choose Wisely.”

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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