Afrikan Boy Explores His Dual Nigerian-UK Identity In The Visuals For 'MIA'
Nigerian-Londoner Afrikan Boy explores his dual cultural identities in the video for "MIA," the latest single off The ABCD LP.
Nigerian-Londoner Afrikan Boy comes through with the new music video for The ABCD single "MIA," an acronym for "Made In Africa." The track sees Afrikan Boy and bandmate Adio West exploring the relationship between the rapper's Nigerian heritage and United Kingdom roots over an infectious synth melody. Speaking on the single's backstory, Afrikan Boy writes:
"'Made in Africa' for me is one of the special tracks on my album. The inspiration behind the track was inspired by my realisation that if I didn't learn more about my language 'Yoruba' from where I'm from Nigeria then I couldn't have a conversation with my relatives back home. This track also talks about having dual cultural identities being made in Africa and born in the UK and my experiences growing up as an Afrikan boy in the London schooling system. [The] message for this song is simple KNOW THY SELF!"
You can find "MIA" on Afrikan Boy's The ABCD LP alongside previous singles "Y.A.M.," “Dear Mama” and “Hit Em Up.” For more, revisit our Okayafrica TV episode of The Questions with Afrikan Boy. Catch the Nigerian-London rapper on his current European tour dates (listed underneath), including a couple of shows supporting Nneka. Watch Afrikan Boy's music video for "MIA," premiering here, below.
Afrikan Boy European Tour Dates
Friday 17 The Harley, Sheffield, UK
Saturday 18 April Start The Bus, Bristol, UK
Sunday 19 April Supporting NNEKA Stocznia Klub B90, Gdansk, Poland
Monday 20 April Supporting NNEKA Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
Friday 1st May Bloomsbury Bowling London
Wednesday 13th Algiers Festival Algeria
Saturday 16th May Great Escape Festival Brighton
Sunday 24 May Afro-Pfingsten Festival, Winterthur, Switzerland