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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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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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