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BN Hot Topic: Falz’ “This is Nigeria” – Brilliant or Pedestrian?



BN Hot Topic: Falz's This is Nigeria - Brilliant or Pedestrian? | BellaNaija

Perhaps due to a lack of imagination, the last thing on our minds after Childish Gambino released the brilliant song “This is America” and its accompanying video was a forthcoming Nigerian version.

But, alas, here it is.

Rapper/comedian/actor Falz on Friday revealed his own cover of the song, titled, of course, “This is Nigeria.”

Falz walks the path contemporary Nigerian musicians seldom (if ever) do: confronting the ills of our society in music.

Herdsmen killings, the corrupt political elite and police, N36 million-eating snake, religion, transmission-transmission, everything.

Some have crowned Falz genius. The video and the song have been described as a work of art. He was thoughtful and insightful, he got it right – so the comments keep coming.

The other camp isn’t mincing words either. It’s blatant copying, the video was mediocre, they say, especially when cast in the light of the original.

What do you think?


  1. eloangel

    May 26, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    very pedestrian

  2. Miss Smart

    May 26, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Falz is truly a bahd guy! He’s amazing, he dares to thread where others fear. It was genius! It is a parody which is apt for the current climate and there is no shame in applying a form of art which is trending to homegrown-audience. I dare say his version was indeed better than CG. As you can tell, I am biased but it’s the truth.

    He’s really switching the game up a few notches. Awon Legbegbe’s- watch out! Growing up in an environment with activist parents, it’s only natural that he’s sensitised and points out the ills of society, when others make a mere mockery of the situation. We have ISSUES in this country that needs addressing ASAP. His form of art highlights THESE. Just like his ‘wehdone sir’ song which is a stark opposite of the ‘yahoozee song’. I applaud his bravery. Keep doing your best Mr Barrister.

    • Seriously

      May 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      I agree, it was genius. Good job, falz. . Nigerians failed themselves again It’s not about the look of things but the message behind it. It doesnt matter whether he copied, the fact he used this opportunity to raise awareness of the issues happening in Nigeria is enough.

      Are you expecting him to be fancy, showing mansion houses, nice few areas when the country is shithole. Everything is not about entertainment. The low production is the point of the message. People are suffering, stop covering up real issues.

  3. Lailatu

    May 26, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    I think it was genius. I dare say he covered all the ills crushing us. Childish Gambino provided the canvas, but Fals painted the picture. I just love his ability to discuss serious matters in a humorous manner and he does it without down playing the issues. MI used to be like that,though not as funny.

  4. Benny

    May 27, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Im also quite surprised at the attack on those of us who don’t like this “art”.

    Gambino’s creation is sacred to me.
    It is also a visual think piece that evokes proper conversation not limited to the “effort” but the CONTENT.
    If Falz’ work is really in line with what he copied from, why is everyone against the same debate the original was subjected to?
    Did the artist get the hype from Gambino’s work and forgot the actual art in the work?
    Did Falz really give us “art” or just read the news ala blog style but with poorly directed background choreography?
    Gambino’s work has several layers to it; you watch it everytime and you see something new. You probably didn’t catch the Horseman and what he represents the first time.
    You probably didn’t debate the “celly as a tool” line nor visual the first time.
    Is the Celly a cellphone or a real life cell? Is it interchangeable? Is the celly a cell in itself or is the physical cell the tool? Either way we are prisoners.
    What conversation are we having here beyond “Falz is shaking tables” and “Falz has used his art to…” TO WHAT?
    What that 2face, Idris Abdulkareem, Timaya, Sound Sultan, M. I haven’t done before on a more sophisticated level?
    Did you not know these things were happening?
    What new angle has he added to these happenings? Are we pushed to think deeper? Have we been led to introspection? Nothing!
    So we are just happy Falz took Gambino’s iconic art and made it into a musical rendition of Instablog9ja?
    Bravo then.

    Mediocrity wins again… as is often the case with Nigeria.

    • Mo

      May 27, 2018 at 6:38 am

      Spot on ?

    • molarah

      May 27, 2018 at 10:45 am

      *Eye roll*

      400 years vs 60 years…can that be the obvious answer to your “lack of layers” complaint on Falz version?
      Nigerian music producers can infuse thought-provoking, sublime art in their videos when they want to – case in point: Tiwa’s “If I start to talk” video. Sometimes the message is not deep enough to warrant this. The one introspection that needs to happen for Nigeria to change the “this-is-Nigeria” narrative has already been overstated.

      In a sense, this discussion is related to the ridiculous comparisms between Mo Abudu’s Wedding Party and Hollywood blockbusters. My response in both situations is this: pay more closer attention to the CONTEXT.

    • molarah

      May 27, 2018 at 10:47 am

      And besides, the Gambino version is a modulation of the Lemonade piece of work. The black struggles in art form. Nothing new or sacred here.

    • kraken

      May 27, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Wow. Benny we need to be friends 🙂

    • nene

      May 27, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      all this english on top video? Falz did an amazing job, especially as This Is America was trending, it was a perfect time to also speak on nigeria’s many problems. if it’s a new dance and everyone does a version, we will all clap, and here someone has a version of a trending music video that everyone living in nigeria can relate to, and people are complaining.

  5. Billionaire in grace

    May 27, 2018 at 6:16 am

    I like it

  6. lami

    May 27, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Love it ,the message is all that matters . We need works like this to remind us of how bad things are in this country.

  7. JOS BOY

    May 28, 2018 at 12:39 am

    It’s ok to praise your Falz for this mediocrity. But don’t shit on the genius called Childish Gambino. DONT EVEN TRY IT!!! Nigerians will be patriotic on stupid stuff like this but coil back into their shelves when their leaders shit on their heads. WHAT A DISTRACTED GENERATION.

    • abby

      May 28, 2018 at 11:26 am

      you sound stupid

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