SMUGGLER director Ebeneza Blanche directs the “Point & Kill” video for Little Simz featuring Obongjayar. Little Simz’ burning wish to shoot the film in Lagos enabled Ebeneza Blanche to craft this visual celebrating African culture. As well as being Blanche’s first time shooting in Nigeria, the project brought Little Simz back to Lagos for the first time since her childhood. The track celebrates a well known phrase in Nigeria, a connection between Simz & Obongjayar and the extension of that to family and friends in Nigeria. Culminating in an energy Blanche is becoming known for. The visual ends with a section of Simz’ track ‘Fear No Man ‘ which depicts a tableau of her holding a machete to a police officer's neck in a brave and defiant stance. From Ebeneza : "Working with Little Simz was very organic. From how we connected to shooting on set, it was all good vibes. We both really wanted to explore Nigerian culture for this visual. It was also amazing to have her mother in the video throwing money like a boss lady. Obongjayar also had great ideas which added an edge to the visual. With the recent brutality on innocent civilians in Nigeria, I wanted to address this by positioning Little Simz as a strong, powerful and modest lady whereas Obongjayar would be seen in his own element for his performance and then coupled up with Little Simz. It is always a privilege to be able to work in different countries and cultures with skilled talents from the whole diaspora. "
Ebeneza Blanche is a multidisciplinary creative currently based in London. Blanche has been building a reputation over the past few years for stylishly sophisticated work in music videos for Netherlands-based singer Rimon, and branded content for Chanel, Elle, Nike and more. In his first project produced through SMUGGLER, Blanche explored his Ghanian roots in Jae5 video for Dimension, shot on location in Accra in Ghana. Recently, Blanche directed “Point and Kill” for Little Simz feat. Obongjayar, in which Blanche celebrates Nigerian culture by incorporating visual brilliance with comedy, ideas, performance and serious political commentary.