Childish Gambino’s This is America very quickly became the most talked about music video in the world after he released it earlier this month.
So it is not so surprising that Nigerian rapper Falz’s take This Is Nigeria immediately began causing quite the stir on social media.
The video sees Falz dancing and walking through a warehouse as different scenarios play out around him – incredibly similar to Childish Gambino’s video.
But in his version, Falz focuses on recent political, social and economic issues affecting Nigeria, with both the lyrics and symbolism on screen being seen as a scathing criticism of the country.
Through conscious rap, he addresses the ongoing herdsmen clashes, kidnapping of schoolgirls by militants in the northern region, corruption, drug abuse among the youth, power blackouts, police harassment and internet fraud.
The video opens up with the rapper holding a boom box which plays out the voice of his father, popular Nigerian lawyer and human right activist Femi Falana.
Since its release, the song has been streamed more than a million times and sparking a lot of debate about the message and delivery with some people even hailing him as the new voice of the people.