“Buga” by Kizz Daniel: A Cultural Phenomenon in Nigeria

The hit song “Buga” by Nigerian artists Kizz Daniel and Tekno has transcended the realm of music to become a cultural phenomenon, so much so that it is being touted as Nigeria’s unofficial second national anthem. This claim was echoed by Vice President Kashim Shettima during an interview with Arise TV, where he discussed the impact of the song and its role in showcasing Nigeria’s arts and culture to the world.

The Vice President’s statement comes in the wake of the government’s commitment to promoting Nigerian arts and culture as part of its broader vision for the country, dubbed “Nigeria Destination 2030.” This initiative aims to reintroduce Nigeria to the global stage, leveraging the country’s vibrant arts scene, of which “Buga” is a prime example.

Shettima, whose dance video to “Buga” went viral last year, highlighted the song’s significance, saying, “We have a grand vision called ‘Nigeria Destination 2030.’ We cannot run away from the fact that Nigerian arts and culture are creating waves in the global scene… And the ‘Buga’ dance is almost becoming our second national anthem. So we have to showcase Nigeria.”

“Buga,” released in 2023, has not only dominated local charts but has also gained significant international recognition, resonating with audiences worldwide. Its catchy tune and vibrant rhythm, coupled with the dance challenge that accompanied its release, have contributed to its widespread popularity.

This recognition by a high-ranking government official underscores the song’s impact on Nigeria’s cultural identity and its potential as a tool for cultural diplomacy. As “Buga” continues to make waves, it stands as a testament to the power of music in shaping national identity and pride.

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