#ThisIsNigeria: 5 Key Issues Falz Addressed In His Viral Video
The internet went wild when Childish Gambino released the video to his new track ‘This is America’; that same critical reception followed the release of the song’s cover ‘This is Nigeria’ by rapper Falz.
Mimicking the artistry of Gambino’s video, Falz laid bare pressing societal issues in Nigeria, using strong imagery to preach against the many socio-political problems that plague Nigeria.
The impact of the video got such a widespread virility that legendary Hip Hop mogul, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, reposted two clips of it on his official Instagram account with one of the captions reading:
“Sending love to Nigeria. So many great, beautiful artist changing the game!!!”
Having reached over 2 million views on YouTube, Bounce takes a look at some of the issues raised by Falz in the video.
1. 1. Chibok Girls
The Chibok saga has been a running issue in Nigeria since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 female students on the night of 14–15 April 2014 from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State.
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While a number of the girls have been freed, 112 are still in captivity and might never return home.
Falz’ hijab-wearing dancers are a reminder to the world of the issues facing young women in Nigeria’s North East, including the kidnap of the Dapchi girls and the sexual harassment by soldiers as alleged by Amnesty International.
2. 2. Fulani Herdsmen
With the seeming decline of the activities of Boko Haram in the North East, a different reign of terror took over in Nigeria’s North Central since 2016.
Frequent attack on farmers by Fulani herdsmen have made headlines, and Falz’s video calls attention to this.
Few arrests have been made, but the lives of farmers, especially in Benue continues to be at risk.
More than 300 have been killed in Benue State alone; a lot more have been sacked from their villages since the herdsmen attacks began.
3. 3. Cyber Bullying
Many celebrities seemed to re-echo the lines “just because I’m popular, person wey no get work de check if my watch is original.”
Falz speaks up against the growing rate of cyber bullying many celebrities received from their followers on social media.
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While agreeing with President Buhari’s insinuation that some Nigerian youths are lazy, he calls out those youths for being the leaders among the cyber trolls gang.
4. 4. Corruption
“This is Nigeria, everybody be criminal,” Falz raps in the first line of the song.
He follows that with “politicians wey thief billions no dey go prison o” along with the images that frown at known corrupt politicians who unrepentantly hold on to power and re-run for office every election year.
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Moving away from the leaders, Falz calls out Yahoo boys, kidnappers, codeine-drinking youths, recession, and the so-called men of God who deceive their members into contributing huge sums for universities that the children of their congregations can’t afford to attend.
5. 5. Police Harassment
On the issue of Police and SARS harassment of Nigerian youths, Falz presented a picture of young men unjustly arrested while engaging in a chat. While only one of the young men is freed after his rich and affluent parent bribes the police, the rest are pinned down and handcuffed.
In the same vein, Falz also accuses the security agencies of being ineffective when he alleged in his song that they close by 6pm when people are in need of justice and security.
The hype around Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’ song will definitely not last for long, but it is certainly a call to action for the Nigerian government, as well as the citizens to get to work in fighting the ills of our society.
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