The EndSARS movement From Nigeria to the UK

Ibs Writes

This is a collaboration piece about the EndSars Nigerian movement written by two Nigerians living in different parts of the world. Adeite is based in Lagos, whilst Ibukun is based in London.

In the past few weeks, thousands of Nigerians both in the Diaspora & Nigeria, protested to EndSARS. SARS is/was the Nigerian Special Anti-Robbery Squad that terrorized and killed the very citizens it was formed to protect.

In Nigeria: a fictional account

Born and raised in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, Chinedu thinks that every Nigerian deserves to make heaven because they have endured hell on earth. He also feels that living in Lagos is an extreme sport, having had a fair share of harassment, extortion and brutality by different security agents on the streets of Lagos, coupled with the risk of surviving as a peddler in Lagos traffic. Chinedu does business with Nigerians of all tribes and…

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7 thoughts on “The EndSARS movement From Nigeria to the UK”

  1. I wasn’t to sure where to place my comment. I eventually finished reading the two fictional accounts and the information about the End SARS movement after much disturbances in between. I really appreciate the collaboration and a necessary write and narrative at this time in Nigeria. I couldn’t at first believe that it’s people in their sixties that are seen as the ones that are holding back in the development. Just the other day when I was reading about the plans for the Stephen Lawrence day planned for next year in the UK together with Quincy Floyd my mind I was thinking of the 17 year old girl who was tortured in Kaduna for protesting in the movement against the brutality of SARs and who will be writing her narrative as a heroine of the movement or if she will go down in this history as the forgotten. Her killing reminded me of Hector Petersen in 1976, whose name became synonymous with the Soweto Uprising and in many ways this is how the movement was kept alive for change.
    This is the moment now for the civics to rise and grow in all sectors of society, the bread and butter issues, housing, schools, roads, lighting up Nigeria, all these issure in my country gave rise to movements that brought about change. Racism may have been the rallying point but civil society grew and grew and pushed for change. These structures are so important. I was so impressed with the crowdfunding for end Sars through bitcoin. So very impressed. Civil movements can now be supported in a variety of ways.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading this through. Kindly share your comment on Ibukun’s blog too.

      You are right, social media and fintech played a major role in the protest. Technology amplified the voice of the youth and provided a platform for synergy between Nigerians in Nigeria, and those in Diaspora.

      I believe that the rise of civil rights will keep the momentum high and eventually birth the kind of change we desire.
      Thank you once again, Abrv.

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  2. You welcome, thanks to you for defining the narrative in this manner. It’s such an important document to create awareness also in a manner to push for change.

    Amplified is a beautiful word and these platforms are vehicles for change. I’m impressed how the Stephen Lawrence movement was kept alive for 27 years in the UK and the many gains they made and the avenues pursued to give a voice and also a career path for many immigrants and people of the diaspora.
    Kudos to you guys.

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    1. Thank you ones again, Abrv.

      Consistent campaign is very vital in activism and the fight for freedom. When agelong structures have been put in place to silence the voice of reason, it is important to sustain the struggle for freedom no matter how long it will take.

      The fight against Apartheid in South Africa was ‘A long walk to freedom’, and Nelson Mandela was able to lead South Africans to the ‘promise land’ but it seems that the Nation is yet to enjoy true freedom. It’s one thing for a people to walk out of oppression, it’s another thing for oppression to walk out of them.
      You are right, freedom is a journey and not a destination

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  3. As West Imperialist countries and their local fascist collaboraters keep on exploiting the African peoples, the organizations like EndSars will keep standing against them, will fight. Revolutionist movements can’t be stopped by shooting. Kudos youngsters.
    Thanks, ibukun sodipe and Adeleke Adeite.

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