Just a few days ago, Nigeria observed a public holiday in celebration of her nineteen years as a democratic state. Following this was the usual flood on social media of Nigerians declaring a “Happy Democracy Day” with pictures, videos, GIFs, poems and more.
What really got all of the social media talking though, was Falz The Bahd Guy’s #ThisIsNigeria, an adaptation of Childish Gambino’s This Is America, which was released about three weeks before this.
And in case you didn’t know, “shaking table” is now officially a social media term for stirring up controversy and Falz did exactly that with this one.
It is no surprise that this single video got a lot of varying reactions from fans. Many took to the singer’s social media page (Instagram and Twitter), applauding him for a brilliant adaptation, as it truly reflects the current social issues in Nigeria, which many Nigerian artists seem to so conveniently ignore. As usual, some had contrary opinions.
Let’s settle this once & for all, who killed the concept? 🙅♀️
— Madeleine (Her XLNC)🧙♀️🇳🇬 (@badgalmaddie_) May 26, 2018
To top it off, American hip hop rapper Sean Diddy on his Instagram page @Diddy commended the rapper for a job well done:
diddy Sending love to Nigeria. So many great, beautiful artist changing the game!!!! 🇳🇬🇳🇬 ✊🏿 Falz
Truth is, Nigeria has come a long way which is a cause for celebration. However, it is also a good time to reflect on national issues, so as to make headway in the nearest future, especially with the approaching presidential election.
From the kidnapped Dapchi Girls saga, the trend of animals being accused of stealing millions of Naira, to the embarrassing footage of the Inspector General of Police, struggling to read his own speech. Shouldn’t we be proud of such a creative representation of Nigeria we know, which serves as a wake-up call? Whether it is an adaptation or an original?
When you think about it, this isn’t any different from what the legendary King of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti did with his music.
It’s high time we expected much more than just entertainment from our artists.
Don’t you think so?