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Nigerian-American Rapper Ikey's Fiery 'When We Were Kings' Video

Watch the music video for Nigerian-American rapper Ikey's "When We Were Kings" off his forthcoming 'Green Card' EP due April 7.


The music video for Nigerian-American rapper Ikey's "When We Were Kings" is a redemptive elegy for home. The Xaivia-directed clip shows Ikey standing over a mountain of rubble as he starkly and sensitively details Nigeria's war-torn history, as well his own story. Interspersed with archival clips of the Biafra War, as well as footage that references the slain Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and the activists group Ogoni Nine, the video is steeped in the past yet has its own urgency. Speaking about the music video, Ikey says, "'Most of the people in the clips and people I referenced in the song, I felt they represented the essence of the story of the song... 'When We Were Kings' is a very descriptive song with deep messages, and I felt the best way to bring the song to life was to use real clips almost in a documentary style to help tell the story." Showing the operatic moves of a solitary masked dancer over soft strums and ending with her still pose, the visuals convey the final resilience of the song. Check out the video for Ikey's "When We Were Kings" off his forthcoming Green Card EP, due April 7, below.

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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