Nigerian rapper, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, the scion of legal luminary and human right activist Femi Falana (SAN) has subtly reignited activism in the Nigerian music industry. Music is power and musicians are highly influential personalities but many of them have been silent on the state of the nation in recent times. However, there have been a few exceptions: Innocent ‘2baba’ Idibia and Charly Boy.
Falz who began his career as a comedian may be set to ruffle the feathers of those in authority with his new song, This Is Nigeria, a cover of Childish Gambino’s This Is America. The song has close to a million views on YouTube, forty-eight hours after it was uploaded. Falz has previously criticised songs by his colleagues who praise fraudsters. This is Nigeria has generated controversy with many social commentators divided on the delivery, message and originality of the song.
Its release at a time when many Nigerians are being killed on a daily basis is timely. There’s mindless bloodletting across the country and the federal government appears not to have a solution to the killings. Falz, taking a cue from his father also spoke on the establishment of educational institutions by religious bodies with monies gotten from worshippers, who in turn, find it difficult to send their wards to such schools. The video also spoke against the extortion of young Nigerians by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), while urging the youth to avoid engaging in fraudulent activities.
Falz This is Nigeria touches on issues in the polity. Nigerians are yet to benefit from the dividends of democracy 19 years after the Fourth Republic. The issues legendary musician and activist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti spoke about remain unresolved. They have actually worsened.
Falz has chosen a path less trod and this is commendable.
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Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.