How to Kill a Man by Bloody Civilian: domestic violence accosted by crime

Bloody Civilian is suddenly a Nigerian singer to watch out for in 2023, following the release of the visuals for her crime-related debut single titled How to Kill a Man.

Bloody Civilian’s song lyrics is packed with pictures of a killer, bloodthirsty and especially sadistic. Her lyrical morbidity is further clarified with a visual that reflects a woman, in the act of self defence in the course of domestic violence, kill a man, lock his dead body up in a car trunk as she sets the car on fire.

It’s applaudable that this song speaks up against gender-based violence as well as promotes self defence for women, but then, the outcome of Bloody Civilian’s sadism is crime, and that is very delicate to feed the general populace. If this is a case in a court of law, it’s up for debate to know whether this killer will be pronounced innocent upon the act of self defence or otherwise guilty for the murder and burning of her man.

Asked by Vogue about the content of the song, Bloody Civilian stated thus: “On a daily basis, we (women) go through subtle injustices, as well as [injustices] on a higher level. I think another thing about women that gets managed and micromanaged is our anger, so I wrote a song that defies all that. It did for me, and hopefully it can do that for other women as well.

Bloody Civilian

“Sexism is hard to track because it’s been so normalised here. On a daily basis, we get catcalled – I did at the market today. There’s a lot of domestic violence towards women. Women in athletics struggle to be taken seriously; we never got good coaches for sports. Coming from a Christian background, the only form of sex education I got was that my teacher put a paper on the ground, stepped on it, and said, “This is what happens when you violate yourself before marriage” – equating the vagina to that paper. The list goes on. I didn’t like that it started to feel normal, and wanted to express that.” She concluded.

Raised in Abuja Nigeria, Bloody Civilian, originally named Emoseh Khamofu, confessed being RnB-inclined with major influences from Asa. According to a November, 2021 article on Vogue magazine, Bloody Civilian, with the demeaning nickname the military choose for the general populace, was born in a family of music lovers; with a bass guitarist father, and “as a kid I would write on little papers and give it to my parents. They thought they were poems until I would catch up with them and actually sing them.”

Bloody Civilian, in pictures, wears the aura of Tems, with some notability in their vocals; the singer, from what is obtainable from her How to Kill a Man, wields the doggedness resonant with thugs and gangsters: this makes her feel another Omah Lay heard on the later’s viral debut, You, in 2019.

She recently featured, alongside Rema, on a Black Panther; Wakanda Forever soundtrack and this December, got a cosign from Don Jazzy who claimed he likes her visual for How to Kill a Man. The 25 years old Nigerian female was signed by Def Jam CEO Tunji Balogun – who was responsible for signing Tems, SZA and Kendrick – and is managed by Seni “Chubbz” Saraki, co-founder of NATIVE, who also served as a co-producer on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Sam George Mac is a music journalist known for the reviews of several music albums and songs. He is a singer and songwriter of Afrobeats, Dancehall, Highlife and RnB with the stage name SGM — a graduate of Mass Communication from The West African Union University, Cotonou.

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