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Oga'Silachi Flips Wizkid's 'Ojuelegba' Into A Grim Tale About The American Dream

New York-based Oga'Silachi reworks Wizkid's hit into a tale about the downfalls a female immigrant faces while chasing the American dream.


New York-based Oga'Silachi shares a different take on Wizkid's mega hit "Ojuelegba" in the reworked "Americana," a song about the downfalls an female immigrant faces while chasing the American dream. Oga'Silachi's version focuses on the story of Joanna Kofi, an "unlucky woman... who stumbles across an opportunity only to find out she's been lured into her own demise."

"Women go through many issues that are often overlooked and made trivial. Since the original song was about Wizkid starting from the bottom, I decided to write about a woman who started from nothing, had everything taken away from her, and had to push her way to a decent living," Oga'Silachi tells Okayafrica. "It's a story made to empower."

Watch Oga'Silachi performing "Americana" for Level 7 TV's Jam Sessions and download the cover below. You can catch Oga'Silachi live opening for D'banj and Machel Montano on September 5 at New York City's Irving Plaza. Grab your tickets here.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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