(+LYRICS) MUSIC REVIEW: THIS IS NIGERIA BY FALZ THE BAD GUY “THE VIDEO IS SO JUICE-LESS OR THE CASTS ARE…”

 

 

 

MUSIC  REVIEW- THIS IS NIGERIA BY FALZ- I THOUGHT I WAS WATCHING TALES BY MOONLIGHT …

LOL, I was about to title this music review “This is America” by Falz, then it occurred to me that it was basically because I was singing “This is America” by Childish Gambino in my mind, hence the reason the for the mix-up I was about to do. So, did I hear you ask the question “Did Falz copy his concept?” Well, your guess is as good as mine…

If you ask me, he was certainly inspired to do this song through Childish Gambino’s song “This is America”. But I think it is cool though, all countries should sing about their country using “Childish Gambino’s tune or any ‘easy on the ear’ tune abeg, not ndi mkpotu, ariwo, amo, ‘noisy’ beat I mean. With that, we can truly have an idea of what each country is experiencing. At least, from #Falz the bad guyz music “This is Nigeria”, Nigerians and non Nigerians would be able to know the situation of the country. Likewise “This is America” by #Childish Gambino.

Hmmm, so this video concept employed by Falz is generating a lot of controversies, like you know, Ogefash blog music Wednesday is all about dissecting a music video starting from the lyrics, to the sound, location, video/storyline, costume and more. But before our review, here is the lyrics to the song that has about 5million views on Youtube in just one week….

INTRO

They are extremely poor and the medical facilities are poor
We operate a predictory neo-colonial capitalist system
Which is founded on fraud and exploitation and therefore, you are bound to have corrupt institutionalists
Many criminal cases are settled in police stations, albeit illegal

HOOK

Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh ewo oh (3x)

CHORUS

This is Nigeria, look how I am living now, look how am living now.
Everybody be criminal.
This is Nigeria, look how we’ living now, look what we’ eating now.
Everybody be criminal

VERSE 1

This is Nigeria, just because am on TV now, person wey no get work is checking my watch to see if it is original.
This is Nigeria, where that madam Philomena?
Money vanish for your office, 36 million, you talk say na animal.                                             This is Nigeria, never ending recession oh, where looters and killers and stealers are still contesting election oh
Politicians wey thief some billion and billion, he no dey go prison oh.
Police station dey close by 6- security reason oh

VERSE 2

(Baba, ese oh baba, ese oh baba, awa dupe baba) My brothers and sisters, I want you to put
your hands up right now because your miracle is coming this week. If you believe me, let me hear you say amen

Ah, this is Nigeria, praise and worship, we’ singing out
Pastor put his hand on the breast of his member, he’s pulling the demon out
This is Nigeria [yea], no electricity daily oh [eh]
Young people are still working multiple jobs and they talk say we lazy oh
This is Nigeria [eh eh], there’s plenty wahala sha, Fulani herdsmen still dey slaughter, carry people dey massacre.


This is Nigeria, bombs in my area, this is democracy, political hysteria
Yahoo yahoo don tear everywhere now and we act like it’s so cool
Casting the p and being castigated just for trying to be noble
This is Nigeria, look at my nation oh
SARS stop me for road, any explanation, you go talk am for station oh

(Sir, look sir, am sorry, am just a student, am a student of the University of Lagos. So, we’re just coming from the club, okay. So, my friend and I….No, Sir, I have my ID to prove.)

HOOK

Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh ewo oh (2x)

CHORUS

This is Nigeria, look how am living now, look how am living now.
Everybody be criminal
This is Nigeria, look how we living now, look how we eating now.
Everybody be criminal
OUTRO

“This is break in transmission of ehm, transmission in, transmission”

What happens every day is that, the system has allowed it
For instance, there’s no rule that allows you to take money from the church, invest in business
and privatize it- No.
It is only in Nigeria that you can take money from the church, money contributed by poor congregation member [public fund]. You go and setup a university that the members cannot attend, cannot send their children to. It’s against the rule and in  the law of God. It’s against our constitution.

THE REVIEW

The intro of this song comes in form of spoken words rather than a song

“They are extremely poor and the medical facilities are poor” before the main song was introduced.
Lyrically, the song comes in two long verses. I even thought I was listening to “Tales by moonlight”, like seriously- Oga Falz, story ye ti fe ma poju, well who can blame him, it seems like nsogbu, isoro, matsala; I mean problem of Nigeria plenty pass all the words in oxford dictionary. (But these problems are over now in Jesus name, somebody say amen…)

Well that was just a display of “all work no play, makes jack a dull boy”

So, moving on,  the song was sang in English and he was quite expressive as he sang the lyrics

Just like the title of the song,  he introduced each line in the verses with “This is Nigeria” before going on to mention the problem the country is facing…

“This is Nigeria, where that madam Philomena? Money vanish for your office, 36 million, you talk say na animal. ”                                                                                                              “This is Nigeria, never ending recession oh, where looters and killers and stealers are still contesting election oh”

Interesting lines you should know the meaning

“Police station dey close by 6- security reason oh”- This line basically means that even the police who are supposed to be protecting citizens are scared, they can’t protect themselves not to talk of protect citizens. They are even running away from robbers and other criminals.

“This is Nigeria, just because am on TV now, person wey no get work is checking my watch to see if it is original.” This line basically means that fans or people generally always expect perfection from musicians, they feel they shouldn’t be found with mistakes or wearing things that are cheap again, they feel they should live an expensive life, forgetting that they are only humans like them.

“SARS stop me for road, any explanation, you go talk am for station oh” This line means that the police do not usually give citizens especially male citizens the chance to talk when they see them in the night, they just assume they are criminals and pack them to the police station.

 

Finally, the lyrics to the song “This is Nigeria” are profound and meaningful as they basically pointed out the problems in the country Nigeria. They are hard-hitting lyrics.

WHAT IS THE SONG “THIS IS NIGERIA” BY FALZ ABOUT

The song “This is Nigeria” by Falz basically talks about the myriads of problems the country Nigeria is going ranging from kidnapping, mass killing of citizens by the Fulani herdsmen, robbery, yahoo yahoo, bad leadership, corruption, fraud, exploitation, looting,  self centered spirit, politicians going scot-free after committing crime, recession, incapability of the police and so on.

In terms of self-centered spirit, this was shown in the video when a guy was killed and everybody moved on with their lives not caring about the dead person.

 

He talks about abnormality becoming normalized in Nigeria, evil acts- yahoo yahoo and others are becoming the order of the day.

He also talks about how people who steal money or do wrongs  are now praised for such act or respected. He also talks about politicians who always go scot free after committing crime.

The artiste is bitter about the current state of the nation as all the above mentioned points have affected the way people feed and live including him. This he sang in the chorus “ This is Nigeria, look how I am living now, look how am living now; everybody be criminal…..This is Nigeria, look how we’ living now, look what we’ eating now; everybody be criminal.

COSTUME:

Just like childish appeared topless in “This is America” video, so also was Falz. While his dancers were all uniformed. They wore an hi-jab which served as a head cover as well as a blouse.  They matched this with black jeans and tennis shoes (there was no uniformity in their foot wear). Other costumes were the police uniform, the herdsmen kind of dressing and so on.

SOUND:

The general beat to this song  is “plain”, not catchy, though they lyrics are. It is not one song you would naturally click to play. It is not a club banger, it is more of a song to make reference to. It is like a summarized history note on the problems of Nigeria

But I love the fact that when he said massacre in verse 2 “This is Nigeria [eh eh], there’s plenty wahala sha, Fulani herdsmen still dey slaughter, carry people dey massacre” I could hear the sound of a gun in the background.

The vocal was basically Falz style.  His vocal was expressive and he was confident. He was also fearless.

LOCATION:

It was shot indoor, a place looking like a garage, hence the reason the vehicles that were seen in the visuals. He made use of a Bus, Tricycle and Motorcycle

VIDEO:

It started with Falz carrying a radio and paying attention to the broadcast on the situation of the country “…They are extremely poor and the medical facilities are poor. We operate a predictory neo-colonial capitalist system…”

The visuals displayed on the scenes basically represent the lines he sang. They were dramatized by different individuals. It looks like tales by moonlight but this “tales by moonlight” surely looks juice-less or may be all the casts are.

There were scenes on the Fulani herdsmen killing, two people fighting each other, vandalism, kidnapping, robbery, police harassment, The rich, yahoo yahoo boys,  fake pastors, no electricity (this was done using the gernerator),  journalists all out to get stories,  Madam Philomena’s tale on the animal swallowing money and IGP Idris speech on transmission.

There was just nothing interesting about the video, it wasn’t lively enough. He has a nice concept but it was just not properly utilized.

CONTROVERSIES

There is an ongoing controversy that he didn’t represent the muslims well with the hijab, but Falz has explained that he used hijab to bring back to memory the the Chibok girls and the Dapchi girls that were kidnapped.

OBSERVATION

The transmission scene- Remember IGP Idris who couldn’t read his speech but kept on saying transmission repeatedly”

The woman packing money scene with snake around her- Remember Madam Philomina who came out to say that there an animal swallowing money in the office after stealing million Naira from Nigeria purse

JUST WONDERING

What was that Big Sister naija all about

Great song, but the video could have been better.

SONG DURATION- 3 minutes 42 seconds

VIDEO DIRECTED BY @Prodigeezy

@FALZTHEBADGUY @PRODIGEEZY @FALZ

 

 

 

 

WATCH THIS IS NIGERIA VIDEO BY FALZ HERE

https://youtu.be/UW_xEqCWrm0

WATCH THIS IS AMERICA VIDEO BY CHILDISH GAMBINO HERE
https://youtu.be/VYOjWnS4cMY

 

 

 

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MARIAH CAREY SELLS EX-BOYFRIEND’S “JAMES PACKER” $10M DIAMOND RING…

Music goddess Mariah Carey has sold the ­35-carat diamond engagement ring her former boyfriend James Packer gave her two years ago. Mariah-Carey-has-sold-a-ring-given-to-her-by-her-ex-James-Packer.-Photo-ReutersThe huge sparkler was widely reported to be worth $10 million, and was part of the financial settlement the diva made in 2017 after her split from the Australian media baron.

“Mariah has been very vocal recently about her choice to move forward in her life surrounded by positivity and this required leaving emotional and material baggage behind, including an old engagement ring from an ex-boyfriend,” her publicist said.

People have however accused the multiple home owner with a successful music career to be short of cash as the reason for the decision.

 

 

Meanwhile, a source said Carey had one of her business managers quietly sell the ring for $2.1 million to a Los Angeles jeweler.

“A confidentiality agreement was signed, but the jeweler is currently selling it, and there’s only one such ring,” a source said.

“Mariah Carey’s public relations people are desperately trying to keep the story from the press, and have threatened the jeweler with litigation if he discloses her name.”

SOURCE: NAN

@mariahcarey

@carey

OMOTOLA JOLADE, GENEVIEVE NNAJI AND STELLA DAMASCUS SET TO FEATURE IN A NEW MOVIE TOGETHER

The estranged husband of Doris Simeon and now the husband of Stella Damascus- Daniel Ademinokan is planning to feature three terrific actresses that brought live to your screens in the past in a new movie. The actresses Omotola Jolade, Genevieve Nnaji and Stella Damascus would travel to America where the shooting of the movie would be done.

Daniel made this known on his instagram account. View what he said about the movie here…

” dabishop007Sitting here waiting for that computer to miraculously appear so I can continue editing, then I took time out to read “The Screenplay” again. Hmmm. I think it’s time to make this film happen. Who wants to see another film with @stelladamasus@genevievennaji @realomosexy ? Individually, they’re powerful. Together…Nuclear Bomb!! #ThisIsNigeria#StellaDamasus #GenevieveNnaji#OmotolaJaladeEkeinde #ThisIsNollywood” 

 

@stelladamasus@genevievennaji @realomosexy

DANIEL ADEMINOKAN FINALLY ACCEPTS HIS WIFE DORIS SIMEON BACK. SEE HOW THEY SPENT TIME TOGETHER…

What seemed like an endless battle between #Daniel Ademinokan and his estranged wife #Doris Simeon for years, seem to have finally come to an end as the duo have decided to put their past behind and get back together. They were recently seen together spending nice time with their cute son- David Ademinokan whom has been in the custody of Daniel and Stella Ademinokan for years at the detriment of Doris Simeon who was not allowed to neither see her son nor communicate with him. (I am even wondering how he took that child from Doris, she must have been sleeping when he did that…)

Remember, that beautiful actress #StellaDamascus has constantly been blamed for the split of the couple. Well one thing is certain, Daniel has moved on with his life and he is doing well, what about Doris? Not much has been heard about her relationship life. Or is she still waiting for Daniel? Well, we shall find out soon…

But truth be told, Daniel has actually spent more time with Stella Damascus than he did with Doris Simeon and they have shared romantic messages with each other on their social media pages.

This was what Daniel sent to Stella on their wedding anniversary

“Happy Wedding Anniversary to my favourite couple in the world – US.@stelladamasus I’ve told you I’m not doing an epistle today. I just want to say that I love you and having you by my side as my wife is a great honor and blessing. Thank you for jumping through hoops with me, loving me, weathering the storm and being a part of every success story. When I think of the things we have achieved together as a team, I can’t help but marvel at your awesomeness. You are God’s answer to my prayers. Babe, I love you and I promise I won’t file for divorce till we are 122 years old. Yeah. I’ve extended it by 2 years. Till then, continue to enjoy every inch of me. Hahaha!! Love you always boo.#HappyWeddingAnniversary #StellaDamasus#DanielAdeminokan

If you ask me it seems like Stella Damascus head is raking in more money for the director than Doris Simeon’s head; Ohoh- did I say that?

 

 

On his Instagram page where he shared photos of his ex wife and son at a restaurant, he said “Spent the entire weekend buried in a studio editing but I had to come up for air for THIS. Don’t believe everything you read on blogs. They’ve gotta stay sensational to make a dollar. . It’s all good in the Hood.”

Imagine, because he has reconciled with the wife now, he is saying “Don’t believe everything you read on blogs. They’ve gotta stay sensational to make a dollar”

Yimu yimu, just tell the public that you have both settled your differences….

 

@Dorissimeon

@DanielAdeminokan

@StellaDamascus

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I WANT TO SPEAK HAUSA TODAY (CLASS 93)

I WANT TO SPEAK HAUSA TODAY (CLASS 93)

 

Do you have an Hausa friend or customer, and you feel like surprising them by speaking their language? Ogefash’s blog has got you covered. Put down a word, and we will translate it in Hausa for you. Today’s words…

ENG/HAUSA: FOOD/ABINCI; RICE/SHINKAFA; BEANS/WAKE; YAM/DOYA; WATER/RUWA; ON/YI A KAN; IS/SHI NE

ENG: FOOD IS ON FIRE
HAUSA: ABINCI SHI NE A KAN WUTA

ENG: FOOD IS NOT ON FIRE                                                                                                                 HAUSA: ABINCI SHI NE BA A KAN WUTA

ENG: RICE/BEANS/YAM/WATER IS ON FIRE                                                                                 HAUSA: SHINKAFA/WAKE/DOYA/RUWA SHI NE A KAN WUTA

HAUSA2  HAUSA