Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Just before Nigeria's Independence Day, award-winning Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy released a video for his song, "Another Story," which recounts the events surrounding the country's freedom from British rule.
Burna Boy reflects on Nigeria's independence with his new music video 'Another Story'
The video, featuring Ghanaian rapper and songwriter M.anifest, was released Monday. The country celebrates its 59th year of independence on Tuesday.
"In 1900, Britain officially assumed responsibility for the administration of the whole of what we now know as Nigeria from the Niger company. And then gradually over the years, British protectorates were established throughout the territory. In 1914, the protectorates were amalgamated into one Nigeria," a narrator reads at the beginning of the video.
It shows Nigerians wearing black blindfolds with the words "corruption," "violence" and "greed" written across them, calling out problems that plagued the country around the time it broke free from British rule on October 1, 1960.
Burna Boy and M.anifest then talk about the country's current political situation, mentioning failed promises from Nigerian leaders.
"They want make we all enter one corner, shebi o / 'Cause e be lie them dey tell me since I was a baby o / All the times them go promise and fail o," Burna Boy sings.
At the end of the video, another narrator describes how Nigeria was acquired by Britain primarily as a business transaction.
"The British government paid 865,000 pounds, a huge amount in 1900. So let's establish a simple truth: The British didn't travel halfway across the world just to spread democracy. Nigeria started off as a business deal for them between a company and a government," the narrator said.
On social media, many Africans are using the video as a reference for the need to understand the country's pre-colonial history.