I’m having a latte and biscuits in a cafe on luxurious Victoria Island, Lagos; the very heart of the commercial capital of Nigeria. The lighting is conservative, with jazz music playing in the background. It’s 12 midnight, a few days until Christmas, and Falz, dressed in pink, walks in to join me at the table, opting for hibiscus tea.

A few months ago, this 32-year-old artist released his fifth studio album titled ‘bahd‘ which features musicians like Tiwa Savage, Timaya and BNXN. He is excited about how far he has come in his career.

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But in 2020, Nigerians got their first glimpse of a more serious side; Falz participated in the #EndSARS protests, a series of demonstrations in the mold of America’s Black Lives Matter movement that aimed to end police brutality and murder.

Encouraged by the mobilization capacity of Nigerian youth during the protests, he believes that this same energy could be channeled into the Presidential election that comes…