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Tekno Is a 'Threat to Security,' After Releasing Pole Dancing Video, Nigerian Authorities Say

Nigeria's Coucil of Arts and Culture says it wants to "scapegoat" the artist in order to "teach others a serious lesson."

Nigerian artist Tekno, has been accused of "threatening security" after the release of his latest music video "Agege," BBC Africa reports.

The singer was brought in for questioning last Wednesday, after Lagos police claimed he breached public decency laws after a video of him in a truck with semi-nude women went viral after someone spotted the scene in Lagos traffic. He was taken in for questioning over allegations that he was doing promotion for a strip club.

The artist apologized for the incident, releasing a statement explaining that the setup was for an upcoming music video he was shooting, and that he and his friends were simply "having fun" as they moved between locations for the shoot.


Still from 'Agege' music video.

The singer released the video for "Agege" last Friday, following his arrest. The video shows scenes of the artist in a truck surrounded by four women dancing on a pole, as the artist claimed.

This was not enough for Nigerian authorities, however. On Sunday, Nigeria's Council of Arts and Culture, expressed "disappointment" in Tekno's decision to release the music video in the midst of the allegations against him, and vowed to make him a "scapegoat" in order "to teach others a serious lesson."

"We warn that nudity is not part of our culture and should not be tolerated," said the head of the council Segun Runsewe in a statement, according to BBC Africa. He added: "henceforth fish out clubs for nude dancers across the country for their promoters to face prosecution."

Tekno is currently under investigation. The artist has continued to promote the video despite the incident, and is yet to comment on the recent allegations being brought against him.

Several Nigerians online are calling out the government (using mostly sarcasm) for blaming a music video for what is a much larger systemic issue of rampant insecurity in the country.


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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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