Nigerian Version Of 'This Is America' Is A Sharp Social Commentary On The State Of The Country

Paula Rogo May, 28, 2018

Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” has spawned numerous remakes and memes.

But it’s the version recently created by Nigerian rapper Falz, that is catching everyone’s attention. Falz deconstructed Gambino’s video to create “This Is Nigeria,” which is an acerbic social commentary of the West African nation. 

“This is Nigeria, look how I’m living now, look how I’m living now. Everybody be criminal,” Falz rhymes at the beginning of the song.

According to OkayAfrica, Falz’s version touches on “everything from the government’s sluggish response to the missing Chibok Girls, the drug epidemic affecting Nigerian youth, widespread consumerism, the country’s infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), internet fraud, crooked pastors, Fulani herdsmen and even Big Brother Nigeria.”

“The primary motivation was to trigger an awakening among the Nigerian people about the numerous political and social ills that we constantly face as a country. And more importantly to spark a reaction in the positive direction,” Falz told CNN via email.

The video, directed by 23-year-old Prodigeezy, has definitely prompted a conversation on social media among Nigerians. And the video itself has even received a thumbs up from Diddy himself.

You can watch the full video below:

 

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