Hip-hop star P Diddy hails Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’ video

A scene from Falz's This is Nigeria video
A scene from Falz's This is Nigeria video

American hip-hop superstar, Sean Combs, alias P Diddy, has hailed Nigerian rapper, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, for his new video, ‘This is Nigeria’.

The song mirrors the concept used by the American musician/filmmaker, Childish Gambino, in his hit ‘This is America’.

The video, which was released late on Friday, was met with mixed reactions, largely due to the sensitive issues it addresses.

Reacting to the video, which has since gone viral, the Bad Boy Records boss posted a short clip on his Instagram page.

Acknowledging the Nigerian rapper/comic-actor, he wrote: “#Nigeria LETS GO!”

Falz addressed a number of topical Nigerian issues in his song.

This is Nigeria’ was produced by Wande Thomas and the video was directed by Prodigeezy.

On the song, Falz raps about the government’s ‘sluggish’ response to the missing Chibok Girls, the drug addiction epidemic among Nigerian youth, the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), internet fraud, crooked pastors, Fulani herdsmen and even Big Brother Nigeria.

The satirical video also addressed a nation hooked on a reality TV show while mayhem persists all around.

The Cinematographer Tayo Aina captured the video shoot and has now released the BTS video.

He wrote, “I took my camera behind the scene of Falz “This is Nigeria” Official music video shoot and was able to capture a lot of what goes on to create a masterpiece which you would eventually see in the final music video.

“The whole video was done in 3 one-take scenes. It’s very similar to Childish Gambino’s “This is America” but this time reengineered to cover the issues we face in Nigeria as a people, From Drug addiction to Lack of Stable Electricity and a lot more.”

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Jayne Augoye is an assistant editor and covers the entertainment and lifestyle beat for PREMIUM TIMES. She has a master’s degree in Media and Communication from the Pan Atlantic University. Twitter@jaynejones


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