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Rap video hits a nerve

Publish date: 11 June 2018
Issue Number: 777
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Nigeria

A Muslim group in Nigeria is calling on musician Falz to withdraw his video for the single 'This is Nigeria' within seven days and issue and apology. ‘It is a hate video... It is an assault on the self-dignity of every Muslim,’ said Ishaq Akintola, who heads the Muslim Rights Concern. A report on the News24 site notes that Falz's video is inspired by US rapper Childish Gambino's 'This is America' clip, which launches a scathing attack on police violence, racism and gun culture in America. Falz portrays the ills he sees in Nigeria, including those at the top of society benefitting from political and financial corruption while young people struggle to make a living.

Full report on the News24 site