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Sarkodie's 'Gboza' Is a Celebration of Triumph After a Hustle

Sarkodie continues to impress with "Gboza," a new single that shows just how dexterous his delivery is.

Sarkodie’s new video for “Gboza,” directed by Prince Dovlo, comes after the sweetness that was “Pain Killer,” alongside Runtown.


“Gboza” is a praise-word and the song is a celebration of triumph after a hustle. To illustrate this, Sarkodie has weaved many different tales around the word.

While Sarkodie does not appear in the video, in his place are the funny-man antics of Samuel Yaw Dabo, the Ghanaian comic actor.

What continues to impress, and also puts Sarkodie among the finest rappers on the continent, is just how dexterous his delivery is.

Double and triple time flows and breath control are some of the chief reasons why Kendrick Lamar is a G.O.A.T. to many of his excited fans.

Sarkodie has both attributes in abundance, and what’s more, he’s doing it all in Twi. Gboza!

Sabo Kpade is an Associate Writer with Spread The Word. His short story Chibok was shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2015. His first play, Have Mercy on Liverpool Street was longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award. He lives in London. You can reach him at sabo.kpade@gmail.com

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On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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