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August 18, 2018

Public hits back at the banning of Falz's ‘This is Nigeria’ music video saying it is simply a reflection of Nigerian reality.



‘This is Nigeria,’ a rap music whose lyric and video portray the country’s problems, has been banned following accusations that it contains a “vulgar” line. The Nigerian public has, however hit back at the establishment, saying the video merely states the truth.

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) fined a Nigerian radio station for airing rapper Falz’s adaptation of Children Gambino’s ‘This is America.’ The video has already racked up 13 million views on YouTube.

It gives a depressing portrayal of what life is like amid corruption and violence in the west African country. NBC banned the song from being aired, claiming the line “This is Nigeria, everybody be criminal” is too “vulgar” to be publicly broadcast.

The cover of Gambino’s hit piece went viral as it was picked up by hip-hop mogul Diddy who sent his love to Nigeria with overwhelming reactions from Nigerians as well.

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Despite its popularity, NBC doubled down on its ban, saying the song is “unfit” to circulate.

It also received criticism from Nigeria’s Muslim Rights Concern, who in June threatened to sue Falz if he failed to issue an apology and redact the song.

The group said it “demonized Nigerian Muslims,” and raised concern about female dancers wearing hijabs, as well as a man from the Fulani tribe purportedly attacking another man with a machete.

The organization said Falz’s work was “thoughtless, insensitive and highly provocative,” and had “the potential of causing religious crisis of unprecedented dimension.”

Falz, whose real name is Folarin Falana, responded to the ban saying: “I’m not happy that the NBC is preventing the people from listening to such strong messages that need to be heard,” CNN reports.

“There is a lot going on that needs to be talked about, even though a lot of people may not want to hear the truth.”

The ban stirred outcry on social media, with people saying it does nothing more than portray the reality of the third-world country. Below are a sample of what the people said concerning the ban.


In the meantime, the artiste who is a Lawyer by training has threatened to sue NBC if the ban is not lifted.

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