Music Is Playing A Huge Role In These #EndSARS Protests

October 14, 2020

Citizen is a column that explains how the government’s policies fucks citizens and how we can unfuck ourselves.

Today is the seventh day of the nationwide #EndSARS protests as Nigerians march peacefully against police brutality. So much has happened in these past seven days. You can check out all the stories and updates in our carefully curated EndSARS stack.

Unsurprisingly though, a major driving force for the success of these protests has been music. Being a universal language during these protests, music has brought Nigerians together in unison to speak against police brutality, and sometimes, just to have fun.

Check out this video from Enugu as protesters sing and march:

Davido’s FEM seems to be a banger during these protests. Maybe this video will help you understand a bit better.

On October 9th in Lagos, protesters knelt and sang the national anthem together.

And today, they sang it again under the rain

One song that seems to have been heard everywhere is the call and response song, “How Many People SARS Go Kill”

Even Nigerians in London are singing “Nigeria jagajaga”

If you’ve gone through some form of military training or another, or even NYSC, this song will sound familiar to you:

For now, the protests continue and the music echoes. Hopefully the government can hear our struggles and take actual measures to put an end to police brutality.

We ranked some of the best protest anthems here. Check it out!

We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about how to unfuck yourself when the Nigerian government moves mad. Check back every weekday by 10am for more Zikoko Citizen explainers.

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