Falz’s This Is Nigeria: brilliant effort or mere copy cat?
Few days ago, Falz released a new song and video on YouTube tilted “this is Nigeria” a cover video for Childish Gambino’s This Is America and the video already had over 600K views within 24 hours of its release. Creative is indeed the word for many at a first look because of how the video and the song was able to address trending issues in the nation and still carry a similar concept as in Gambino’s This is America. On the flip side however, looking at how much of unshakeable tables were shaken in the video, would you regard the concept of This Is Nigeria as something other artistes should follow?
Watching the video, you can’t help but notice that Falz through his lyrics and the visual interpretation addressed the corruption and illicit practices in the Political sector of Nigeria and the Police force, especially with the line “This is Nigeria, where the police station will close by 6pm because of security reasons”. Pulling such a stunt in his music, can Falz’s music awaken the political consciousness pf Nigerians?
Don’t forget that the song not only addresses Political and Police issues, Falz also had a big touch on religion, security and hypocrisy with Nigerians amongst other issues. Interestingly, looking back in history, the last time we had an artiste address issues from “This Is Nigeria’s” perspective was in the 80’s when Fela Anikulapo Kuti used his music to directly tongue lash the corrupt practices of the government and the hypocrisy of religion in Nigeria. Trailing such a controversial path can that kind of musoc still throive in this age and time?
It might interest you to know that ace American Hip Hop artiste, P Diddy also came all out for Falz’s this is Nigeria video. For those who might have attempted to regard Falz’s video as a copy cat, the renowned American rapper posted crops of the video on his instagram account alluding Falz with lots of accolades for the creative efforts he put in the video. Indeed, P Diddy’s act has set a tone of approval and validation for Falz’s Genius effort in “This is Nigeria”, but can This Is Nigeria” set the tone for more brilliant songs in Nigeria