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Mr Eazi Runs for President of 'Ogede' State In New Music Video Addressing Crooked Politicians

You probably won't want to vote for Mr Eazi after watching this video.

Mr Eazi gets political with his new song and video "Keys to the City (Ogede).

In the satirical music video, Eazi puts himself in the running to become president of Ogede (plantian) State, a fictional place—that happens to looks a lot like London—where politics is ruled by the same tactics used by many corrupt politicians: bribery, backdoor deals, greed—we could go on.

"Perhaps it is a story we can say we have seen many a time—a political candidate who panders to the people and sets a promise filled agenda in hopes of a brighter tomorrow," says the artist's team. "However, once this power hungry candidate secures his place you can say goodbye to financial security, human rights, social media and freedom of speech—issues prevalent in many African countries."

In the video, Eazi goes about dishing out large cash sums, saving babies, donning a "Make Ogede Great Again" hat, and calling out the young people of Ogede for being lazy. "The youth of Ogede, they're not serious, they're not focussed, they want free things" says candidate Eazi—sound familiar?


The video, directed by JMI Films, offers a lighthearted, yet effective criticism of the messy state of Nigerian politics following the recent Osun and Lagos State primaries, and in the lead-up to next year's presidential elections.

It's quite refreshing to see Mr Eazi make a slight departure from his usual chilled-out approach to music, to address pressing political issues. Watch "Keys to the City (Ogede)" below.

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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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Listen to Mr Eazi's New Song 'I No Go Give Up On You'

The Nigerian artist also recently announced an upcoming EP.