How Streaming Music Saved My Life

The digitalization of music has impacted the world in so many ways. Oluchukwu Nwaibuikwu narrates his personal experience with this innovation and its influence on his life.

Last year, I held a vinyl record for the first time. I have held cassettes and used CDs at various times, but the only time I had seen vinyl till then was on TV.


I grew up in a household that loved music, and there were always sounds around during my childhood. The only problem was that there was no variety. It was the 2000s, and my parents were pastors. So, while I had a steady supply of Donnie McClurkin, Don Moen, and Kirk Franklin, I missed out on all the 50 Cent, Usher, and Lil Wayne. This continued to my adolescence, and the only time I heard “secular music” was when I overheard these songs on the radio or when those roadside music shops blasted them. I never experienced holding Wizkid’s ‘Superstar’ album or M.I’s ’Talk About It’. My real music journey started in 2015: my last year of secondary school and my first year of University. I had the internet and slowly caught up with mu