Popular Nigerian rapper, Folari Falana, better known as Falz has said that some of the skills he acquired as a lawyer have helped in making him a better artiste in his chosen career as a musician.
The UK-based University of Reading Law graduate disclosed this during a recent Instagram Live session with his teeming fans.
He said, “(On the skills helping me as an artiste), I would say analytical mindset because as a lawyer one has to critically analyse things. My lyrics usually have a lot of depth. I do not just make music, I make sure it has a lot of meaning.”
On why he decided to be an active voice in the #EndSARS protests, Falz said, “It was something that had to be done. I felt that we were left with no choice. The #EndSARS hashtag is not new. It had been online for years and every time we complained about those things, nothing was done. So, I thought it was time to take to the streets.
“I had seen a tweet by Runtown saying he was going out (to protest), so I called him and told him I was interested. I put out a tweet saying that we would march on a specific date for a certain cause. We were actually expecting 50 or 100.
“We got out there and started marching, and by the time we got to the end of the road, thousands of people had joined. It was unbelievable. I had never seen anything like that. It really gladdens my heart how everyone came out.”
Speaking on people’s perception that his #EndSARS activism was because he intends venturing into politics, he said, “Going into politics has never been the plan. I have never said to myself that I would run for any (public) office. My motive for activism is just for the sake of humanity.
“A lot of people ask if I am going to run for any office but I don’t have any such plans. I have never registered with any political party. I just believe the ‘ordinary’ citizens need to be as motivated as I am about humanity.
“There is no ulterior motive. I want to see that there is a certain standard of living that the ordinary Nigerian is enjoying. I want to see that there is light, food, jobs and an enabling environment.”