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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

Falz is still getting numerous accolades, and maybe a few knocks for his now globally trending ‘This Is Nigeria‘ music video, a cover of Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America‘.


He got a feature on Aljazeera, where the global news channel highlighted the meaning behind the music, noting that “he takes on the country’s social issues, such as cough syrup addiction among young people, the government’s lack of commitment to rescue the missing Chibok girls, pervasive corruption, the abuse of power, and steep unemployment.”

CNN’s Joey Akan also wrote a feature on the controversial video, comparing Falz to Fela.

“Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria,’ embodies the revolutionary and rebel spirit of Fela Anikulapo Kuti before him. Fela Kuti, the pioneer of the Afrobeat genre, was famous for his political activism during the country’s era of military dictatorships…

“While the concept for the ‘This is Nigeria,’ video isn’t original, what Falz did was internalize the message, pass it through his own artistic filter and bring it home to Nigeria to highlight the country’s numerous social ills. Almost as if to awaken Nigerians from their complacent slumber of acceptance.”

While he got some criticisms from fans, saying he copied Childish Gambino’s song, the rapper has come out to emphasise the fact that it is just a cover and “the sooner you pick the numerous messages off the track, the better for your life.”


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