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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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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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