I anticipated backlash over hijab-wearing girls in my video – Falz


Nigerian rapper, Falz has said he anticipated the backlash he got over his ‘This is Nigeria’ video. The video is an offshoot of Gambino’s version of ‘This is America’.

Falz addressed a myriad of topical Nigerian issues in the video, one of which is the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls’ abduction.

Recall that after the release of the song, the singer was disapproved for featuring hijab-wearing girls dancing ‘shaku shaku’.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) had threatened to take legal action against the rapper but later backpedaled.

In a recent chat on Soundcity FM, Falz said:“I expected the reaction, I expected discussion, I expected controversial discussion.”

When asked about his goal for the music video, he said:“It’s pretty obvious that the girls in the Hijab are very symbolic with the Chibok girls that were taken away.

“Over 200 of them, at the end of the day, after the government’s extremely sluggish response, half of them were brought back.I feel like we need to stay at a heightened level of social consciousness and political awareness out here because everyone is seemingly distracted by entertainment… that we sort of forget we’re facing a lot of struggles as a country.

“At the end of the day, money is very important. People need to make money, even I need to make money. But I feel like at every interval we need to stop and think. We need to pause and look around. Are we becoming too insensitive?”,he said.