A Nigerian rapper’s send-up of Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ that references the country’s own problems has been banned by the Nigerian government.
In May, rapper Falz released ‘This Is Nigeria’, which sees him referencing corruption, religious tensions and the kidnapping of school girls by Boko Haram in the African nation.
He raps on the track: “This is Nigeria. Look how we living now. Look what we eating now. Everybody be criminal.”
The video for the track also sees him being accompanied by a group of dancers who are dressed up to resemble the kidnapped Chibok school girls.
Now, it seems like the politically charged track has put him at direct odds with the Nigerian government, after a local TV station was accused of airing “vulgar” lyrics.
Posting on Twitter, one Nigerian broadcaster said: “Apparently Falz’s line’this is Nigeria; look how we living now. everybody be criminal’ has been flagged “vulgar” and the song is now declared “unfit for radio”.
“See why sometimes I can’t blame our musicians if they choose to give social commentary a wide berth?”
Apparently Falz's line "this is Nigeria; look how we living now. everybody be criminal" has been flagged "vulgar" and the song is now declared "unfit for radio".
See why sometimes I can't blame our musicians if they choose to give social commentary a wide berth? pic.twitter.com/7bp3ZENluK
— FOLA FOLAYAN (@TheFavoredWoman) August 9, 2018
Falz has also directly responded, confirming that he will seek clarification from the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation about why the track was banned.
He said: “There is absolutely nothing vulgar about the song and I think it is ridiculous that the Nigerian Broadcast Commission singled out the least vulgar line in the song and ascribed it to be the reason they banned the song.
“It is a very simple and clean song. The only thing is that I was very blunt about the way I talk about things. I do not know maybe some messages in the song hit them and that is the real reason they banned the song. The line was, ‘This is Nigeria, look how we living now. Everybody be criminal.’ If they ban this song, then I do not understand them because that song is definitely not a vulgar song.”
The Nigerian government is yet to respond to the latest criticism.