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The 10 Best Nigerian Music Videos of the Year So Far

The best Nigerian music videos of 2018 so far featuring Falz, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Yemi Alade and many more.

This August, OkayAfrica presents the best Nigerian pop music videos release so far in 2018.

It's a bountiful year for a medium that continues to showcase invention and vitality in this new golden age of Afropop.

Read ahead for our the 10 Best Nigerian Music Videos of the Year So Far.


Tiwa Savage "Ma Lo" feat. Wizkid & Spellz

Shot on location at The Shrine, director Meji Alabi depicts Lagos nightlife as a heady and hedonist bliss featuring large amounts of smoke and drink, scuffling thugs, loving couples, steamy dancing, palm fronds and the charming tag-team of Tiwa Savage and Wizkid. It's a visual feast that improves on an already winning song produced by Spellz. The video went on to shock Nigerians online by amassing 500,000 views in its first day.

Brymo "Heya!"

The naturalism espoused in Brymo's music is crystallised on the song and video for "Heya" in which, clad in just a sheaf over his nether regions, he emotes on themes of life's simple essential wants on a grand piano looking at the expanse f a Lagos lagoon.

Falz "This Is Nigeria"

Nigerian rapper, Falz has been known to use his sharp brand of humor to address social ills in his country. Today he's taken it a step further with the release of a new song and video entitled "This is Nigeria" and the outcome is an audacious, decidedly necessary critique of Nigerian society inspired by Childish Gambino's viral video "This is America." The song was reportedly banned by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission just last week.

Davido "Assurance"

Davido's idea to shoot "Assurance," an ode to his true life lover, in idyllic Barbados is fully realised by the director who explains in a note to OkayAfrica: "The thing about Chioma and Davido is that the love is real. The chemistry and energy is real. And although video models have their own chemistry—there's something about a backstory and knowing that this shit is real love."

Patoranking " Available"

The earliest and best realised grafting of South Africa's gqom and gwara grawa to Nigerian shaku and pop sensibilities. The use of colours with strong chromatic contents may beg to be noticed, but it's the sharp and snazzy editing that holds attention in Patoranking's standout visual.

Wizkid x Terri x Ceeza Milli x Spotless "Soco"

The music video for "Soco" features an excellent staging of still models and agile dancers, graffiti and on-trend dances,. There's also the sensible use of teal and spot-on performances from the quartet of Wizkid and his Starboy mates on what is already the perfect pop song.

DJ Enimoney x Reminisce x Tiwa Savage x Slimcase "Diet"

In this year of the shaku, where nary a music video (and Instagram post) is made without the shaku dance, "Diet" scores high marks for artfully collaging the major talking points of Nigerian pop in the first half of the year with trendy phrasing. "Diet" includes faultless features from Tiwa Savage and Reminisce, and an elegant house beat by Sarz, all egged on by hype man of the moment Slimcase.

WurlD "Contagious"

What do Fela's afrobeat and United Colors Of Benetton have in common? Pristine and elegance is to be found in the tasteful combination of hypnotic dance and colour palate that evokes WurlD's Yoruba heritage, his debt to Fela, his blue hair dye, and the universality the Nigerian-American preaches.

Burna Boy "Ye"

Ever a magnetic screen presence, Burna Boy, as well as his models, dancers and entourage are the living part of a set that would also work well on it own as an exhibition of fluorescent light sculptures.

Yemi Alade "Heart Robber"

Specific items and combinations bring distinct glamour to Yemi Alade's videos. The coral-coloured evening dress she wears is delightfully regal, but more interesting is the band of men and women in white turbans and print-heavy trousers & waistcoats that offer an Arab-African vision that makes one seriously consider an alternate reality of cultural cohesion.




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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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