What I don't understand is when and why it got so bad. Did the American accent of Dan Foster make him a star in the Lagos radio stations and then usher in a new era? Could that be how it all began? Sometimes it makes me want to step hard on the throttle and run my car into the nearest wall. And it's on almost all the stations, from Rhythm fm to Cool fm to Beat fm and all the others in between. All except Wazobia and Naija fm of course, and Nigeria Info.
It's really not funny at all. Why do Lagos OAPs confuse having good diction with (a mix of) British and Ghanian accents? It beats me. The fakery and forming in Lagos is sometimes on an unreal level. What's most grating is hearing someone who has a weak grasp of the English language trying to speak with a foreign accent. I'm like; dude, do you have any idea how ridiculous you sound?!
Kudos to the masters of the game who have been around for some time. I'm not too familiar with their names but two I can mention are Chaz B and Chigbo. I must also shout out to Nwadiuto Ndibe-Okoye. When I heard her on radio I was so impressed. As an ex QC girl you would think that na she go form pass but this young lady, whom I never got the opportunity of meeting in secondary school really impressed me. Good diction. NO fake phonetics whatsoever. Yet you listen to her and know beyond a doubt that you are listening to an educated person. Another shout out goes to Oreka Godis.
The whole accent issue is really not limited to radio alone. It's on TV as well, although thankfully, not as bad. I admire Dolapo Oni but when she speaks I often miss the message because I find myself putting all my focus and energy into trying to figure out that accent. It's neither British nor American (the two most popular). The best description for her accent as I heard someone once say on Twitter is "Assorted". Switching through the TV stations it becomes apparent that having a foreign accent is a step in the right direction in getting employed in the TV media in Nigeria. Oh well....
This is a plea. PLEASE TONE DOWN THE ACCENTS. It is so distracting. Sometimes you don't communicate with your listeners. Those accents sometimes make it difficult for one to relate with you.
So dear OAPs, especially Toke Makinwa (whose ACCENTSSSS I find most disturbing), and Maria of The Beat fm (who sounds more British than the Queen and Keira Knightley put together), just in case you're not too sure of what I mean, or you are but you genuinely cannot remember what good diction sounds like as a result of your over-extended romance with phoneh, I will list some people with good diction. Notice that they don't have "phoneh", they have good DICTION. They are Pete Edochie, Dakore Egbuson Akande, Joke Silver, Nse Ikpe Etim, Olu Jacob. This is just to mention a few.
Just in case these OAPs need guidance and directions, they should listen to these people speak and learn a thing or two.
And now that I've finally said this, I feel a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders.