Popular Nigerian rapper, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, has shed more light with respect to the video of his trending song, “This Is Nigeria” – a cover of Childish Gambino’s record breaking song, ‘This is America’.
Falz gave this explanation while addressing his highly debated ‘This is Nigeria’ video which touches on many issues including the Nigeria police, corruption and online fraud, also known as ‘yahoo yahoo’.
Despite the criticism and backlashes that have greeted the song, the concept has been hailed by many, including prominent US hip-hop superstar, Sean Combs, alias P Diddy, and has also gathered more than three million views on Youtube.
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But in an interview with CNBC Africa, the actor, singer and comic admitted that the manner in which Childish Gambino “told the American story” inspired him to embark on the project.
“I was inspired by that and I thought it would be amazing to tell the Nigerian story,” he said.
“I feel like we need to stay at a heightened level of social consciousness and political awareness out here because everyone is seemingly distracted by entertainment… that we sort of forget we’re facing a lot of struggles as a country.
“At the end of the day, money is very important. People need to make money, even I need to make money. But I feel like at every interval we need to stop and think. We need to pause and look around. Are we becoming too insensitive?”
“It’s very appalling and it’s very disturbing that the irregular has become regularised and more people now look at things that should be frowned upon as normal.
“Oh you know it’s just hustle, they’re just trying to make ends meet meanwhile that is blatantly a crime, that is blatantly wrong.
“I didn’t feel any need to take back what I said about Yahoo boys and I still stood by what I said. I readdressed the point in my ‘This is Nigeria’ video.”
Speaking on the insecurity issues in the country, Falz stated that the police are not protecting lives and needs revamp.
“The serious insecurity issue that we have right now, nobody is secure.
“The police force that is supposed to be enforcing law and order aren’t really doing that if we’re going to be honest. In my opinion, the entire police force needs a complete revamp.
“People constantly in the north being killed, being kidnapped. It’s really disturbing. And that what I said earlier about insensitivity.
“We’re all carried away by everything that is going on. We’re forgetting that everyday little girls, little children are being kidnapped, being killed and it’s just not right,” Falz added.
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