#OtvOPINIONS: Should Nigerian Artists Stop Shooting Videos in South Africa in Response to Xenophobic attacks?

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Xenophobic attacks have been rampant in some parts
of South Africa for the past month. According to CNN,
these attacks originated from verbal spews from the
Zulu King stating that foreigners should leave South
Africa because they are taking over jobs from South
African citizens. The United Nations claims that the
attacks started during a labor dispute between a foreign
worker and a South African born worker.

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The crux of the matter is that some South Africans are afraid that foreigners are going to take over their jobs, land and country and they feel a need to physically attack, in some cases kill, these foreigners including Nigerians who own businesses and work in South Africa, in order to quench their Xenophobia.

With regards to music, every BIG Nigerian artist from P Square to Davido, has flown to South Africa to shoot at least one of their music videos. Back in 2007 shooting your video in South Africa kind of made videos look more attractive because of the scenery and the high quality of equipment used to capture visuals. Today the story is different, because many of our Nigerian video directors are able to make use of Nigeria’s beauty and capture it on video in a very attractive manner.

These days, most Nigerian music videos are shot in Nigeria. However, some artist continue to travel to South Africa to shoot some of their videos, but instead of using the South African directors like they used to, they are now allowing Nigerian, seasoned directors such as Clarence Peters and Sesan handle the directing of the videos.

Listed below are some very good videos shot, directed and edited in South Africa for TOP Nigerian Artists who paid top dollar from their hard earned money. That is, money earned in Nigeria and pumped into the South African economy. Most of these videos were shot by our good friend God Father, a South African native, who hired a South African technical crew along with South African characters that featured in the videos.

I know that not all South Africans have Xenophobia, but do you think Nigerian Artists, who earn a big chunk of their income in Nigeria, should continue to fly to South Africa to shoot their videos or just shoot 100% of their videos here in Nigeria?

Additionally, is it safe for Nigerian directors and their crew who fly out with Nigerian Artists to shoot videos on South African soil with this new Xenophobic attacks?

As you ponder on your answer regarding the question, “Should Nigerian Artists Stop Shooting Videos in South Africa in Response to Xenophobic attacks?“, try to avoid being Xenophobic against any perceived foreign group, but attempt to be as objective as you can.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

This article was earlier featured on NotJustOk

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