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20 10 20: Wisdom Album Review


Wisdom Delivers a Touching Tribute with Long-awaited “20 10 20” EP.

With an overarching theme of gloom, the aptly titled EP “20 10 20”, is dedicated to victims of the Lekki toll gate massacre, and touches on dark issues such as social injustice, tragedy, and suicide. “My new EP is dedicated to all those that lost their lives at the Lekki Toll Gate massacre”, Wisdom declared in a tweet last month.

Although housing only four tracks, the moody project manages to successfully incorporate elements of afrobeats, dancehall and even emo-trap to its pop base. “20 10 20” opens with the dancehall influenced “Time Bomb”, ably assisted by LilPresh. “Time Bomb” speaks on the blurred lines between black and white, right or wrong, and it’s tragic social repercussions.


In line with the album inspiration, the lead single, “Japa” sees Wisdom reunite with fellow US-based afro-fusion artiste of Nigerian descent Marvy. The duo previously gave us the afro-infused love duet “Stay”, taken off Wisdom’s debut album. On “Japa” however, the duo recounts the regrettable events surrounding the Lekki Toll Gate massacre in his homeland Nigeria.

Not digressing from the project’s theme of gloom and despair, The Gift-assisted emo-trap cut “Praying” touches on coping with loss through suicide. “I keep asking myself why you had to take your own life”, Wisdom croons on the emotional sing-rap number.


The album closes with “Let Go” — a sentimental pop record that speaks on holding on to love in the face of adversity. “Let Go” features Jimmy, and sees both vocalists blend seamlessly, as they take turns in sending across the song’s message.

Overall, “20 10 20” is a congruous body of work that stays true to its overarching theme of gloom and tragedy from start till finish. With this EP, Wisdom successfully delivers a touching tribute to all those affected by the regrettable events of the Lekki Toll Gate disaster.

Listen to Wisdom’s “20 10 20” EP below:

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