Nigerian pop star Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana has been praised for his latest music video titled ‘This is Nigeria’, that highlights several issues affecting the Nigerian people.
The video is executed in a style to that of American artist Childish Gambino’s viral video ‘This is America’.
In ‘This is America’, Gambino highlighted issues of discrimination against African Americans and gun violence.
Falz, who is the son of popular Nigerian lawyer and human right activist Femi Falana, is no stranger to doing conscious music. He has previously called out the glorification of internet fraud in Nigerian music.
This is Nigeria Vs This is America
1 – Both Falz and Gambino go shirtless in the music videos.
2 – Both open with an execution of a blindfolded man; gun used in This is America, machete used in This is Nigeria.
3 – Gambino and Falz both dance with school going kids; in This is Nigeria, they are veiled Muslim girls
4 – Both have scenes from the church; Gambino shoots the choir, while Falz calls out the futility and dishonesty of Nigerian preachers
5 – Both feature police forces; This is Nigeria features the notoriously corrupt police force.
6 – Both videos tell their stories walking through a warehouse as different scenarios or issues play out.
7 – This is America calls out the social media addiction and lavish lifestyles while ‘This is Nigeria’ calls out Nigeria’s preference of reality television show like Big Brother Nigeria in the face of serious issues like the abduction of girls in the Dapchi village.