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Watch the Animated Video For Olamide's New Single 'Poverty Die'

Olamide uses prayer to fight off extreme poverty on his latest tune.

Olamide tackles poverty in his own unique way in his new song and video "Poverty Die."

The Nigerian artist is in full "prayer warrior" mode on the catchy song as he sends holy fire to kill poverty and prays intensely for its demise. "Poverty na my ex oh," sings Olamide atop production reminiscent of typical Nigerian praise and worship songs.


The seemingly tongue-and-cheek music video, sees an animated Olamide, dressed in an all-white tunic, fighting off a dubious looking cloud of poverty with a cross in hand. It's a recognizable image to anyone familiar with Nigerian society's exceedingly religious order.

Olamide's "Poverty Die" is a reflection of how many Nigerians address pressing social matters: through prayer and the casting away of "evil." Prayers aside though, let's hope that other, more immediate, forms of action are taken against poverty in Nigeria as well—considering the country recently became the extreme poverty capital of the world. This alarming fact, makes Olamide's single all the more timely.

Watch "Poverty Die" below.

Olamide - Poverty Die (Animated Video) www.youtube.com

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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