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NigeriaDecides2023: Falz Activism Goes Beyond His Music

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Falz, whose discography is dominated by socio-conscious music such as his sophomore album, Stories That Touch (2015), and his fourth album, Moral Instruction (2018), continues to blaze a trail in Nigeria’s music scene as one of the few artists actively using their platforms for activism. Having been raised by one of Nigeria’s most respected Senior Advocates, Barrister Femi Falana, the young maverick and trained lawyer continues to use his voice as a tool for change.

After participating actively in Nigeria’s electioneering season as one of the most vocal musician-activists advocating better governance, prominent Nigerian rapper Folarin Falana, professionally known as Falz, has crowned his efforts with a new socio-conscious song dubbed, Owa.

Produced by Chillz, the song sees Falz and Tekno speak on social issues, including police brutality, fuel scarcity, insecurity, unemployment, and mass poverty, among other problems that have bedevilled Nigeria’s enduring populace since 1999.

Regarding the country’s current situation, it is time for us to stop and get a New Nigeria. We need new leaders that can move this country to the right destination and at the right time, the time is now. We need to collectively shout Owa!Falz tells Weekend Beats.

The song which was released just a few days before Nigerians decided on their political future, Falz and Tekno’s Owa sounds like that rave-of-the-moment jam, similar to what Davido’s Fem was during the #EndSARS saga circa three years ago. The chemistry between Tekno’s hook, swiping on a catchphrase as relatable as ‘Owa’ (Yoruba phrase to indicate stops during a journey), to drum some encouragement into the ears of the electorate to make the right choice today.

The popular Nigerian rapper and comic actor Folarin Falana better known as Falz, trended on Twitter after a report went viral that he and some voters were attacked at Ikate, Lekki, Lagos state, where they had gone to vote. The report added that Falz’s phone was seized from him. It was also reported that election materials were destroyed.

In the latest post via his Instastory, Falz appreciated many fans who checked up on him as he added that he was fine. The rapper further revealed he had been handed his phone and was yet to vote. He wrote: “Thanks to everyone checking. I’m fine, Got my phone back as well. Still waiting to vote.”

 

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