#EndSARS: Celebrity Activism In Nigeria
Nigerian youths have woken up and decided that they will no longer stand for social injustice. This is why the #EndSARS protests have continued and will continue until their demands have been met. Many peaceful protests have been held across the country, and even outside the country. And, celebrities in Nigeria and even across the world have learnt their voices to the cause.
We have compiled a list of Nigerian celebrities who have been very vocal about the demands to end police brutality in Nigeria. These celebrity activists are using art, social media, and entertainment to support the cause.
Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana would have given people a run for their money if he had stayed in court. But the artist isn’t letting the fact that he is not practicing stop him from speaking up. Falz led a protest at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos last week. And he released a video today asking the federal government some tough questions. The recurring question was, “where is the police trust fund?” did you know there was such a thing as the police trust fund?
The IBMK crooner jointly led the protest on Oct 8 in Lagos with Falz. The two were seen at the front of the lines, chanting End SARS, End SARS. Runtown clearly has no love for harassment by the officers of the law and did not hesitate to show it.
Starboy wizkid certainly is fed up with the Nigerian situation. Remember his tweet response to Buhari earlier this month? And how he lambasted PMB’s aide, Lauretta Onochie? Well, that wasn’t the end of his righteous anger. Wizkid led a protest in London on Sunday, October 11, and could be seen telling the protesters “don’t let anyone tell you you don’t have a voice!”. And he has also postponed the release of his long-anticipated album, Made In Lagos.
The DMW label owner was not on the forefront until a few days ago. Davido joined the Abuja #endSARS protests and also had a meeting with Mohammed Adamu, the inspector general of police. He also secured the release of arrested protesters in Abuja. Needless to say, the 30 BG leader is a nice guy, abi?
The artist who is currently signed to record label, DMW has churned out some good tunes lately. His latest release, however, has become an anthem of sorts. Thieves In Uniform is a song that accurately paints the Nigerian police force. It also talks about the nonchalant attitude of the Nigerian government to extrajudicial killings. See here, “the government won’t even say a word (fem) not until their family dey involved“.
The comedy skit lord has been involved in the #endSARS protest since day one. He has been marching around Lagos and urging Nigerians not to lose focus online, too. Mr Macaroni reportedly slept outside the Lagos state house of assembly during an overnight protest. Need we say more?
Other celebrities who have been active both online and physically include Toke Makinwa, Simi, Paul Okoye, Mr Eazi. Tiwa Savage, Shatta Wale, Rema, Fireboy, Small Doctor, and Laycon.
In other news, Nigerians on the 15th of October 2020, broke the internet.