Falz for the culture, y’all!
A few weeks ago, Childish Gambino shook tables in the United States when he released This is America – a satirical musical highlighting the gun violence, racism, police brutality, and other ills eating into the social fabric there.
It inspired many to post imitations and parodies of it. Falz got on that train and posted a video for This is Nigeria on Friday night and it has sparked conversations among Nigerians.
The video touches on herdsmen killings, the girls of Chibok and Dapchi, the SARS menace, the ₦36 million swallowing snake, erratic power supply, Big Brother Naija, and internet fraud (yahoo yahoo).
Falz also highlights political corruption and election violence, clergymen using religion to take advantage of people either financially or sexually, drug abuse among the youth, lazy Nigerian youth, subbed Ray Hushpuppi, and ended with the Inspector General of Police’s viral ‘transmission’ gaffe.
It’s not the first time Falz has highlighted societal ills in his music, having talked about rape and sexual harassment in “Child of the World”, and he has previously spoken out against internet fraud glorification.
Somehow however, a group of people have found fault with Falz using the hijab-wearing girls in the video, bringing that hijab is a religious symbol narrative to the table and totally missing the point of the girls’ significance in the video – reminding us of the kidnapped Dapchi and Chibok girls amidst the shaku shaku distractions.
This is Nigeria aims to push Nigerians to not forget the issues actually affecting our country’s development but continue fighting to get the right things done, rather than raise issues where there should be none and end up leaving the actual issues unattended to – which is exactly what those finding faults in Falz’s video are doing.
I mean, to what end? The Captain Obvious collective pointing out that Falz copied Childish Gambino’s video? No words for this bunch. But the video is for their kind.