Comedians, musicians, actors, and entertainers across all mediums, are rallying against state-sanctioned violence in Nigeria.
For those just catching up, Nigeria is currently undergoing its own cultural revolution. Much like the stateside protests sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, over the summer, Lagos and cities across the African nation have been overtaken by demonstrations against police brutality.
Culminating in the ongoing #ENDSARS movement, the youth-led protests have brought visibility to a long-running era of state-sanctioned violence against young Black men in Nigeria. And mirroring the response of many U.S. law enforcement regimes, protests against police brutality have only proved the point of demonstrators, who have been murdered, beaten, and fired upon in the street by local police. The uprising’s scope expanded this week to take on governmental corruption at the highest level after the country’s SARS unit was disbanded and replaced with a SWAT team that fired on peaceful protestors at a demonstration this week, killing dozens.
On this side of the pond, #ENDSARS — referring to Special Anti-Robbery Unit Squad, a branch of the police known for exacting violence on Nigerian youth — has been met with an outpouring of support from entertainers across mediums. From Beyonce to Trevor Noah to Noname to Questlove to Nas and Jay Versace, amongst others, the #ENDSARS demonstrations, are taking hold here in the states. And protests are currently underway in several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C..
You can read through some of the responses from entertainers standing in solidarity with Nigeria’s youth below. For more on what’s happening on the ground in Lagos and how you can aid protests in the ongoing demonstrations, head over to OkayAfrica.
— 🌱 (@noname) October 21, 2020
There is a massacre happening in Lekki. Firing squads mass murdering young people in Nigeria. The world needs to engage #endSARS
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) October 20, 2020
To non-Nigerians in the US- we need your solidarity. Just as we rose up for #GeorgeFloyd, we are rising against years of police brutality & corruption that were born in colonialism & slavery. The fight to #EndSARS is ultimately a fight to create a dignified Black/ African nation
— Jidenna (@Jidenna) October 21, 2020
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) October 21, 2020
— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) October 21, 2020
don’t forget that these people are human just like you and no matter where anyone is on the planet we all deserve to LIVE! PEACEFULLY! a simple tweet or rt to spread awareness can do so much. USE UR VOICE . #EndSARS BE FAIR https://t.co/YvN6ZtnN4Y
— jay (@JAYVERSACE) October 21, 2020
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 21, 2020