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Ojayy Wright & Teni Bring the Energy With 'Fuji Pop'

You know what's better than one Nigerian hit maker telling you to "shake what your mama gave ya"? Two of them.

The southern-hemisphere-summer envy does not stop! And Nigerian recording artists Ojayy Wright and Teni are certainly not helping with the music video they just dropped. "From Lagos to Soweto", the power duo is definitely getting some of us summer ready with these new visuals.

On the very palpable Fuji musical elements, Ojayy Wright says, "Although I grew up around Fuji music, I was never into it until recently when I found myself using a lot of Fuji elements and realised how much influence it has on me," he says, "So I decided to make something in that line."

It's almost delicious to hear and witness how Wright advances the vision of traditional African Fuji music, by taking the pure joy of Fuji, and mixing it into the tropical vibe he so clearly loves. After the heatwave that was his last album, 37 Degrees In Lagos, Wright welcomes the "boisterous relief of Fuji's loudness" and tongue-in-cheek lyrics to demand an audience, in this next phase of his career.



On his collaboration with Teni, Wright says, "After we had made the song, we thought it would be great to have an artist who isn't particularly known as a Fuji act, but is talented enough to deliver regardless of the genre. My team and I brainstormed, and Teni came to mind. She is an old time friend/school mate. We reached out to her, sent her the song and she sent her verse back within the week... and BOOM! That's how we got the ball rolling before we finally linked up to shoot the video with Lagos-based director Clarence Peters."

Teni and Ojayy Wright sync money, lust, and desires into the song without going off-kilter to bring an earnestness to the Fuji interpolations.

Check out the music video for "Fuji Pop" here.

Ojayy Wright & Teni - Fuji Pop (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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