Each week here at YNaija, we round up the best Nigerian writing on the internet, highlighting the stories, profiles, interviews and in-depth reporting that rise above the daily churn.
Here are the ones that caught our attention:
Music is playing a huge role in these #EndSARS protests – David Odunlami
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.
The protests have been able to continue because young Nigerians have put their money where their mouths are and donated money to ensure protesters are fed, medical expenses are paid for and legal representation is sorted. In the face of a common enemy, young Nigerians, led by the Feminist Coalition, have come together in ways we’ve never seen before and your money can continue to help that happen. The beauty of it is there’s a level of accountability that we are not normally accustomed to and so you can rest assured that your money is going to good use.
The key role women have played in the fight to #EndSARS – Tami Makinde
The newly formed unit of the NPF, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) will begin training over the weekend, as the government pleaded with young protesters to rethink their peaceful demonstrations – an uncharacteristic plea in a democratic state. But while news of the disbandment of SARS and the formation of SWAT was being communicated to the general public, armed officers of the NPF were harming, injuring, and in some cases, torturing and killing numerous Nigerians, including protesters, journalists, and even bystanders unlawfully obtained from the protest grounds across the country. Prior to the president’s address, the NPF were brutishly handling protesters who were unarmed and only wished to communicate their demands to the Nigerian government.
On Burna Boy, ending SARS and our search for leadership– Oluwamayowa Idowu
When the protests came, Burna and Naira Marley were nowhere to be found. In Marley’s case, his platform was leveraged by the Police Force for a transparent marketing ploy. In Burna’s case, his silence has spoken. Naturally, this has resulted in a backlash which while serving as a distraction from the message is reasonable. Burna’s politics has generally lacked depth and offers the impression of an artist whose talking points are well-curated but has failed to do the full reading. By channelling Fela in both style and manner, he raises the bar for himself relative to his peers, and when he ultimately falls short, leaves himself vulnerable to inevitable criticism.
However, there are still many others who have been silent. People with large followings who seemingly haven’t heard or don’t care about the movement. So if your religious leader hasn’t taken a side, here are a few ways to get their attention.
Toluwanimi Onakoya is a spirited writer, creative and videographer. Her biggest drive is to connect with people and depict tales using various forms of media.
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