See Davido in Bonnie and Clyde-inspired “Nwa Baby” video

An indicator of how far Afropop has come

At the end of Davido’s new video for his single “Nwa Baby”, the OBO is forlorn and behind bars at an unknown immigration detention centre. The scene is a subtle commentary on human-trafficking, an on-going conversation about the irony of the search for better economic conditions. Which is timely for this era, where there are reports of young people who are held at detention camps for attempting to cross the Mediterranean on the frontpages. Though the premise for Davido’s conundrum is a Bonny and Clyde-inspired story of two outlaws. Davido performs a devastating story of heartbreak, as we follow the misadventures with his love interest who robs a coffee shop and leaves him out in the cold for the cops.

However, After dancing along to the beat through the most part of the video, the final shot, showing a disheartened Davido, voices of other unseen detainees similarly behind bars, echo in the background. The cut highlights his lyrics, “Wetin Be My Crime” , a poignant reiteration of how contemporary African experiences are surfacing in Afropop.

Watch the video for Davido’s “Nwa Baby” below.

Featured Image Credits: YouTube/DavidoVEVO
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