In 2020, many people are gathering together to protest against social injustices. It is all the rage in the United States due to the deaths at the hands of police of the likes of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. In Nigeria, the #EndSars movement has become violent. Armed thugs had attacked protesters at the headquarters of the central bank in the capital, Abuja, in news reports by outlets such as BBC.
It is said according to authorities that people are pretending to be protestors, but are actually vigilante that are looting weapons and torching buildings in southern Edo state. Prisoners were also reported to have escaped from a jail in the state
Incase you are sleeping the deeds have been brutally done lives where lost and shooting continues.
Mum keep praying 🙏 for 5hrs just for peace…
I respect my mum… Help with prayer 🙏 also… Call on for peace.
Tweet aggressively#EndBadGoveranceInNigeria #EndSARS
— EndSarsWazobia (@AKristeni) October 21, 2020
The protests started about two weeks ago to demand an end to police brutality, with mainly young people using the social media hashtag #EndSars to rally people to demand the closure of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).
There have been reports of shooting at the location of an #EndSARS protest in Lekki, a wealthy suburb of Lagos, Nigeria. A number of people are reported killed and injured.
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) October 20, 2020
Beyonce who released “Black Is King” during the summer is receiving backlash for her silence on the matter. The reason being that she used African culture throughout her latest project with the aesthetics and some even accused the Houston singer of appropriation. Many jumped on social media to discuss the silence of “Queen Bey”.
Rumor is that it’s actually Yoruba Lucumi & that her, Jay, & Blue were initiated in Cuba. But that’s just a likkle rumor that was going around my community, idk how true it is.
— flaca 🇵🇦 (@therealslimmaz) October 21, 2020
No one is asking her to change things… She didn't end police brutality in the USA but her words was an added voice and gave people encouragement.
This goes for all prominent figures.
— l'ignorance est la pire des souffrances (@Lexistansrih) October 20, 2020
Beyonce’s publicist gave a public statement saying, “Not all social activists live on social media. Actions speak louder than words”, and of course to some people this was not enough addressing the problem.
social media is the sole facilitator of information & awareness exchange rn. These are platforms Beyoncé & her team were more than happy using when it came time to promote & profit from a film/concept based entirely on the land that is bleeding. This is entirely too shallow https://t.co/rfQouFXryg
— iseduwa. (@narcography_) October 20, 2020
Every non-Nigerian tweeting about the Orishas during this time has made my skin crawl. The mention of the word Yoruba on my timeline without a single acknowledgment of #EndSARS is disrespectful. People have long disassociated the Orishas from Naija. Same with Luas & Haiti.
— 𝒩𝑖𝑎 (@aflylovesong) October 20, 2020
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