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Outrage Loading?…as Lauryn Hill films in Lagos Island



Lauryn Hill Lagos Island 1Remember the Rick Ross video saga?
Just in case you may have forgotten, Rick Ross’ video “Hold Me Back” featured scenes from his trip to Nigeria which people felt were not so flattering as it only showed the not-so-glamorous side of Nigeria.

Lauryn Hill Lagos Island 3

According to eye witness reports, Multiple Grammy award winning musician Lauryn Hill filmed a new video in Lagos Island this week.

Lauryn Hill Lagos Island 2

Based on the photos which have surfaced, we can only imagine what people will have to say when the video comes out.

There is always a flurry of online comments each time similar videos or photos are released in the foreign media space as commenters argue that foreigners insist on depicting a “single story” of poverty and gloom. While others argue that this is the authentic view of Nigeria that should not be glossed over.

Let us wait and see.


  1. arikeagbe

    September 2, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    But BN nobody has said anything nah. Why you trying to start something?

    • Zeeebby

      September 2, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Totally agree with you, I feel like BN is out of gist these days….

    • Anon2

      September 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      BN is really going out of its way lately..

  2. Oyin

    September 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    In our bid to glamorize Africa, we must also show the reality that is poverty in our continent. I have no problem with people showing poor images of Africa, it shows we have a lot of work to do.

    • Ndubuisi

      September 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Well said there is always two side to everything. We always want them to show the Good side but it’s also good for them to show the not so good side as well. I come think that we Nigerians sometimes can be very naive about Nigeria and the difficult times facing her.

    • Xtophar

      September 3, 2015 at 8:00 am

      There’s poverty in America too but Hollywood doesn’t show that! I think the issue is we should stop allowing others tell our story else we risk them telling only one side of it

    • daval8

      September 4, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Actually Hollywood shows the poverty. Watch any Tyler perry movie or straight outta Compton and you will see the poverty. We have to show d good N bad sides. We can’t keep deceiving ourselves

  3. T

    September 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Well…truly, I will definitely have an issue with an artist showing just the negative part of Nigeria. Lagos, Nigeria is not just filled with slums, there are neat and tidy areas, which I believe Lauryn Hill is staying in those areas…but she hasn’t finished filming, so let’s hope she’ll be giving a good report of Naija and not just the opposite side…

  4. TheyGotNext

    September 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    This could be a positive depending on the reasoning of BN has shared this. It would be a deadbeat issue however if this news post intends to propagate negative emotions towards ms hill.

    The lagos island community has decades a certain kind of lifestyle. Some of them might be much more smarter than Ms Hill’s entourage. They arent dumb, just locked into a crystalized pattern that is thawing. Sure outrage may follow but it doesn’t change the fact that it is what it is. These are the kind of the videos the world needs to the see and not the glamour. In the UK you have the east London ghetto, in the states you have Detroit which is far from its glory days.
    The developed parts of lagos need not speak for itself. (pull out history books for its heyday or projected EKO atlantic).

  5. gbemi

    September 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    A foreign artist visits us, is given a 5 star welcome at the airport, posh ride to the hotel, warm welcome at the concert venue, amiable singers like Waje cry when embraced by her, she is also given a warm welcome to Fela’s shrine…… At the end, her music video tells a different story! while i am a proud balogun shopper, why can’t her video depict all the places she visited!!! It seems to me that all our efforts at hosting these people does not replace what they truly think about us. So why bother?

    • Rue

      September 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Remember when Jesus said he came for the sinners and unbelievers so they might be saved? Well, those highbrow areas are occupied by people who have basic amenities, food clothing and good shelter, so they do not need any one to”champion their cause” so to speak. Miss Lauryn Hill is giving a voice to the voiceless and standing up for the oppressed of the world. People with similar opinions to yours remind me of people who shout “all lives matter” at a black lives matter protest. This is about the downtrodden in our society, let them have their moment please! And yes, I am a proud keyboard warrior ?

    • Seriously

      September 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm


      That’s not the point. Don’t blame or get mad at others who are showing/telling the reality of the country. If you want others to see the good, developing, beautiful side, it’s your job to do that. Nigerians might be friendly, welcoming as a people but the country itself can do so MUCH better. It’s disappointing and frustrating. A lot of people know Nigeria has oil, and it’s rich if resources are managed well. Many people are realizing yeah, you guys have big houses, nice cars, but the roads are terrible. There’s no stable electricity. Many Nigerians are doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc but there’s no unity or innovative mind to come together to build the healthcare system and infrastructure. If you are highly educated but it’s not applied to an advantage, what’s the purpose. It’s like how all these wedding shown on bella naija is 5% of Nigerians. . It depends on lauryn hill’s song or message, if she’s singing about deep stuff, then she’s going to show pics to go with it.

      Africans have a backward mentality. Big houses, luxury cars/clothes, is not what makes your country developed. If more than half of the population are still struggling on basic necessities then the country is in shambles. It will be a disservice to all.

    • Joy

      September 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      can i love ur comment one more time please??? Love itttt

    • T.O

      September 3, 2015 at 2:21 am

      Contrary to your belief, your 5 star treatment is really nothing special. Any cosmopolitan being will see through all that white washing to the reality of your existence. “5 star” Hotels across the street from squalor and underdevelopment; World-class SUVs driving on irredeemably crooked streets with no street lights. Top restaurants that wouldn’t dare serve you tap water and Police men everywhere wielding assault rifles, yet there’s hardly a reliable emergency phone number to call. Sorry, no one is fooled by any forced show of luxury.

      Wake up to the reality of your existence. No one from better organized societies would reasonably be impressed by your forced show of modernity and shamefully ill-distributed wealth.

      The authenticity they seek is found in the parts that you seek to hide away. Meanwhile, Lagos Island’s Balogun Market is not a story of poverty but of enterprise and resilience in spite of the odds

  6. Rue

    September 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    This is the authentic view of Nigeria and should not be glossed over. Majority of Nigerians live in unsanitary situations. Which includes Untarred roads, absence of pipe Bourne water, no electricity, gutters swarming with mosquitoes and disease carrying rodents. Now, ask yourself why you are upset when foreigners highlight the plight of millions of Nigerians. Do you not like it when the weak and voiceless are given a voice? If you feel offended whenever the foreign media and celebrities showcase the slums of Africa, then you are part of the problem. Pretending that a problem doesn’t exist will not make it go away. This is what the Hausa’s refer to as “sabtan biri, kashi a moda”. This roughly means”the cleanliness of a monkey is useless if he shits in a drinking cup. The Point of my epistle is, if you build your communities, foreigners would have very little or nothing bad to showcase!

    • Nahum

      September 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      GBAM!!! Could not have said it better

  7. Dunlop

    September 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Why will any international star want to show the so called nice places when they are not impressed.They are more fascinated at the dumps that humans live in.Ask wiz kid and dbanj why they don’t even shoot in Nigeria anymore before you start causing trouble to poor lauryn. That’s y these artist never return, when they come once, na to dey scatter mouth untop their head.And besides BN nobody is saying anything, stop causing drama where there is none.If artists don’t shoot in Africa you will say there is problem if they do there is problem.Mind yaself o

  8. Aibee

    September 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Errr, why is this an issue sef? Wouldn’t the location used in the video depend on the song and what story it tells? Would you expect her to shoot a video about street hustle in VGC? Abeg! I’m yet to see anyone complain when Davido and the rest go to South Africa and US to shoot videos in clubs and on rooftops. Are clubs and roof tops all there is to those places?

  9. Cici

    September 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    This is the true Nigeria. Not the pretenders and wannabes you see online doing high street makeup and fancy fake photoshoots. This is the real Naija. Don’t go to Naija thinking that it will be like you see on the internet, you will be greatly disappointed. Go to Naija to help change things and make a difference; in fact, expect the worse, if the better greets you, all good, and well.

  10. mack

    September 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    @gbemi…… are so….so on point…………………….this is not about giving voice to the voiceless…….america and europe do not care about africa……..they prefer to see africa and nigeria this way………if you live in america you will understand this………….america and europe is doing everything just to make sure that china does not help africa. succeed…….if china insist they are going to pay economic price for it……………they want africa to remain a third world forever so that everyone will continue to see africa as a second class people…………….have you asked yourself why this artist will always go to the slumps………..alsmost every american that i have met thinks that we are living in rat holes and they would treat you like that…….BET asked mi whether they have television in nigeria…… york film academy asked stepheny okereke if she has ever seen a gas cooker before………..i was asked by people in my school when i was a student how many animals i kill everyday…………..

  11. xag

    September 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Nigerians and fake lives. I suppose everyone lives in Ikoyi and V/I. Even those neighborhoods are slums by any global standard, leave large roofs aside. Lauryn Hill went to actually capture how 80% of Nigerians live and speak to the streets una dey here dey wait Wheatbaker video. You people won’t clean up the country and will turn around to blame people who merely take pictures of what they see. Look outside your window right now, what do you see? Tomorrow you wonder why every Nigerian artiste is jetting off to the U.S, South Africa and co to shoot music videos when public infrastructure is nothing to clap about. Let us stop deceiving ourselves, Lagos is a slum and a large number of people live in squalid conditions.

  12. nyclawyergirl

    September 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    As an American woman who has visited Naija several times, I don’t see a bad picture being painted. Nigeria is just like any other country in the world — there are good parts and bad parts. People who travel will understand these things. And for those don’t appreciate Naija for what it is, its not for them anyway. Let those who love Naija see images of Lagos on mainstream artist videos please.

  13. Concerned_Boyfriend

    September 2, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    All I want to know is the Lagos State government profiting over these “illegal” filmings by foreigners ?. I know for a fact anybody can’t pull off such feat in the hearts of Manhattan in NY or Hollywood Blvd in California without an injunction from the city police about licensing and rights to film.

  14. me

    September 2, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Let’s keep deceiving ourselves, while others show the world our reality. This is real Nigeria… 70% of the population live in pain… so that should be the change focus…. not videos of Bentleys, yatches, naked women and expensive drinks we can’t afford…. wonder why u all think marley and femi were popular! These were the people who could tell the world the truth. Nigerian Artists…. tell the truth…. this is also part of the reason I love certain movies and music videos… they talk about the real ish…

  15. Zori

    September 2, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Concern boyfriend.You can film in a public space in the US as long as you are not disturbing the peace.Hence you will need to obtain a city license to close streets.Stop spreading false info.Not everyone on the internet is stupid, even though most are ignorant..And YES 75% of Lagos if not more is a DUMP

  16. mrs chidukane

    September 2, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Wow! So there is a place like this in Lagos? Who would have thought? Lol. I remember going to Dodan Barracks and just walking aimlessly around that area. The slum I saw that day I still cannot explain. It was like people were living on top of heaps of refuse, gosh. It makes me laugh whenever I see people on here boasting about Lagos. Even the glorious Ikoyi stinks to high heavens. She should carry go with her video shoot, nothing do am.

  17. naawaa

    September 3, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Lauren Hills Music Video settings are always Ghetto ghetto and not about fashion and flashy Cars so, not a surprise that she is taking some clip of such places in Nigeria abeg. Love her Songs so much.

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