Nigeria: Falz | This is Nigeria
Childish Gambino literally blew our minds out graphically with his video commentary on the madness of violence in America. And it has been noticed by Nigerian rapper , actor and songwriter Falz. Less than a month after Gambino’s release, Falz has entered his interpretation and commentary on the issues facing modern Nigeria. Dropped a few days before democracy day celebrations in Nigeria on his Instagram page, Falz deems it a gift to his country and people for that holiday.
Addressing Nigeria’s pressing issues of poor infrastructure and and corruption, th video starts out with Falz carrying a radio listening to broadcasts about these problems. This is Nigeria has been well received in Nigeria and stirred conversation as soon as it dropped.
Folarin Falana (born October 27, 1990 in Lagos State), better known by his stage name Falz is a Nigerian rapper, actor, and songwriter. He began his career while in secondary school after forming a group called “The School Boys” with his friend before his professional career as a music artiste began in 2009. Falz shot into limelight after his song titled “Marry Me” (featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade) won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He was also nominated in the “Best Rap Act of The Year” and “Best New Act to Watch” categories at the same event. He currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records.
“I looked at what Childish Gambino did with “This is America” I tried to do the same and tell the story in a Nigerian context” I tried to deliver this serious message in a way that people can relate to with what they find relevant and real””
Falz was born in Lagos State, South-Westen Nigeria to renowned lawyers Femi and Funmi Falana. He completed his basic and secondary school education at St. Leo’s Catholic Primary School, Ikeja and Olashore International School, Osun State respectively. He is an alumnus of the University of Reading after graduating with an LLB honors degree in Law
Falz describes his style of music as “Wahzup music”It is the fusion of comic lyrics with the contemporary hip-hop in a faux Yoruba accent