This Is Nigeria

15/06/2018Falz Covers Childish Gambino's Iconic Smasher "This Is America"

Following the breathtaking success of Childish Gambino's (aka Donald Glover) cutting-edge mise-en-scène of the American nations deep-seated, paradoxical and hair-raising ailments in the recently released video to "This is America", which is currently at over 270 million views and counting, Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and actor Falz The Bahd Guy (aka Folarin Falana) dropped his very own and equally impressive spin-off. 

"This is Nigeria" is Falz's take on the social and socio-economic issues facing his home country, while directly voicing his concerns with daily crime, corruption, lack of security (police stations closing at 6 pm), youth idleness, the media and religious violence. For instance there is also a scene with schoolgirls reminiscent of the Chibok students kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014. 

A controversy ensued after the video was aired, resulting in threats by the Nigerian MURIC (Muslim Rights Concern), demanding that the "inciting" video "promoting negative stereotypes" be withdrawn and that the artist apologize. Upon which Falz's management issued a statement and many Nigerians took to social media to speak their mind. The MURIC group has meanwhile backed down, claiming it would no longer seek legal action against Falz. 

Watch the video below.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom