The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. That adage aptly summarizes the life and times of Folarin Falana aka Falz.
If the new entrants to the police brutality fight are being crowned heroes for their part in the two week standoff against the authorities, then Falz should be naturally crowned King.
The award-winning rapper, lawyer and activist has been at the forefront of the #EndSars and police brutality movement for so long that we have lost count of how many times he has used his music to push the agenda.
Unlike many celebrities who showed up at the Lekki toll gate protest just for the photo ops, Falz was at the peaceful protest day after day, hollering at the top of his voice as he addressed a crowd of agitated youth seeking to make a difference.
With the recent shooting and killing of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate, famously dubbed the Lekki massacre, many activists have lost steam and backed down but not Falz.
He recently released the official video for his song “Johnny“, taken from his 2019 album “Moral Instruction“ and the video is packed with live footage highlights from the #EndSARS Protests and the Lekki Toll Gate shooting.
The video, directed by Olu The Wave is an emotional reminder of what we fought for and how we lost many lives in the process.
The video opens with Falz lying in the pool of his own blood, a Smartphone clutched loosely in his hand and a crowd staring at the handiwork of the police.
If you have never heard the track, ‘Johnny’ before now, you would think it was recorded days after the #EndSars protest but that is the genius of Falz and his clairvoyant expression engineered using music.
There is an emotionality that the video conjures that reminds us of how we have been stripped of our humanity as Nigerians and ‘Olu The Wave’ doesn’t cringe on the visuals, he goes all out, gory details and all, to tell an unforgettable story of impunity and brutality.
If we had to search for a song that tells the #EndSars protest story in its entirety, then we should look no further than Falz’ ‘Johnny’ and if you find yourself getting a little teary as you watch the video, then you are not doing anything different from the hundreds of Nigerians who have watched the video too.
This article was written by Henri ‘Yire; connect on Instagram with him here