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Dangote Isn't Nigeria's Hero, But Don't Ask Burna Boy

Dangote the man isn't a true hero of the masses, but "Dangote," the song, serves to show them that they can surmount poverty using his wealth as a guiding light.

In Nigerian superstar Burna Boy's new video for his song "Dangote," the desperation of the poor and their oppression is laid out in a winding narrative. There's an unlicensed pharmacist hawking drugs in a public vehicle, a preacher trying to win some souls and pass a plate for donations. There are two car crashes, a case of sexual harassment, a pickpocket scoring a phone, and a young hustler who is crippled by ailing transportation. He continues his journey on foot, finding solace in the music, which leads him to Fela Kuti's symbolic home, the New Afrika Shrine, where Burna Boy awaits at the end of the arc. Once again Afrobeat is used as a peg to symbolise music's close affiliation to the people.

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Watch Burna Boy's Striking Music Video For 'Dangote'

Burna Boy's new video sheds light on the stories of many Nigerians who are facing economic struggles.

Burna Boy released his first solo single of the year, "Dangote," late last week.

The new Kel P-produced track, which is named after Nigerian business magnate and Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote, sees Burna singing in Yoruba, English and Pidgin.

The single now has a striking new Clarence Peters-directed music video that sheds light on the stories of many Nigerians who are facing economic struggles and the choices that come up from living in those situations.

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The new video starts with a quote that reads: "The richest man in Africa still goes to work every morning. Employment and job creation should be priority for any government. The National Bureau of Statistics puts the estimated number of unemployed Nigerians at 23.1%"

"Dangote" follows Burna's recent single alongside man-of-the-moment Zlatan "Killin Dem" and "Play Am" with Oritse Femi and Konshens.

Burna will be kicking off his African Giant Tour across North America this April in Boston, One of those dates will see him representing Nigeria at the 2019 Coachella Music Festival along with Mr Eazi.

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