‘This Is Nigeria‘ masterfully reframes Childish Gambino‘s epic video for a different audience

Folarin Falana, better known as the Nigerian rapper Falz, did something with Childish Gambino‘s incisive “This Is America” music video that no one else has managed: He deconstructed it and rebuilt it for his home audience.

“This Is America” presents a picture of life in modern-day black America, with a heavy lean toward symbolism and subtext. As a piece of music, it‘s fine; as a short film casting a spotlight on what oppression looks like in 2018, it‘s a brilliant, essential work.

I can‘t personally speak to what daily life in Nigeria looks like, but Falz‘s lyrics offer for further reading. As , he touches on “everything from the government‘s sluggish response to the missing Chibok Girls, the , , the country‘s infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), internet fraud, crooked pastors, Fulani herdsmen and even Big Brother Nigeria.”

Much like “This Is America,” Falz‘s remake is a layered work where something new surfaces every time you watch it.