Hysom Zarroug

Nigerian Independence Day

Hysom Zarroug
Nigerian Independence Day
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Nigerian Independence Day

Following the incredible success of his most recent album African Giant, Burna Boy is back with a new visual for his song Another Story. The video opens with a narrator claiming that to truly appreciate Nigeria you must understand where it comes from. He goes on to explain that "In 1900, Britain officially assumed responsibility for the administration of the whole of what we now know as Nigeria from the Niger company. And then gradually over the years, British protectorates were established throughout the territory. In 1914, the protectorates were amalgamated into one Nigeria." As Burna's opening verse begins, images of Nigerians wearing black blindfolds with the words "corruption," "violence" and "greed" written across them flash across the screen. Despite significant advancements in the arts, medical and technological fields, corruption, violence and greed are issues that continue to plague Nigeria largely because of the country's current political situation. With lyrics like, "They want make we all enter one corner, shebi o / 'Cause e be lie them dey tell me since I was a baby o / All the times them go promise and fail o" Burna Boy is able to perfectly encapsulate the complicated dissonance many Nigerians feel for our home: relentless national pride paired with utter disappointment and disgust for our leaders. The video was released to much praise and many are using it as a point of reference for the country's colonial history. Check out the song and video below and to all my Nigerians… Have a wonderful Independence Day