#EndSARS: Mr. Macaroni, Savvy Rinu, Feyikemi Abudu and more…| 100 key people making their voices heard in the anti-SARS movement (Part 1)

42 years after the Ali Must Go agitation and 8 years since the Occupy Nigeria protests, young people in Nigeria are out on the streets once again to protest the extrajudicial killings, abduction, and extortion of innocent citizens by men of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The youth are out on the streets in cities across the country to express their frustration over the government’s seeming inability to curb the activities of SARS, and its usually tepid attempt at addressing issues that concern the youth. 

In this The Masterlist Special, we acknowledge the young leaders and ordinary citizens who are lending their voice – online and offline – to the agitations against police brutality and systemic oppression witnessed all around us. 

Here is the first of the two-part series identifying notable Nigerians who have played a key role in the #EndSARS movement. 

  1. Mr. Macaroni: Skit maker, Debo Adebayo popularly known as Mr. Macaroni has been front and centre of the anti-SARS movement for days. Not new to activism, the comedian led protesters on a marathon #EndSARSProtest at the Lagos State House of Assembly; camping on the street overnight.
  2. Savvy Rinu: She is the true definition of a powerful woman. She spoke on behalf of protesters, addressed politicians, and also camped on the streets overnight in a bid to protest SARS brutality.
  3. Joy Eze: She was one of the protesters that went on the streets to demand change. Unfortunately, she was allegedly shot in the mouth by policemen and has since been taken to the hospital.
  4. Runtown: Entertainer, Douglas Agu who is also known as Runtown, led a massive protest on Thursday that started from Lekki in Lagos. Protesters carried placards with inscriptions like “Enough is Enough”, “Protect us and not Kill us”, “We are all victims”, etc.
  5. Falz: Entertainer, Folarin Falana aka Falz,  also led, alongside Runtown, a protest to call for the scrapping of the Nigerian Police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Lagos on Thursday.
  6. Omoyele Sowore: Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, former presidential candidate, and founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters, Omoleye Sowore is known for his loud political voice and staunch activism. It was no surprise when he joined the #EndSARS movement and also called for the release of detained protesters. 
  7. Aisha Yesufu: Well known activist and feminist, Aisha Yesufu is also lending her voice to the massive protest. She pulled strings behind the political curtain to ensure that the protesters are no longer harassed by officials in the overnight Lagos protest.
  8. Rude boy: Former member of the Psquare duo, Rude boy appreciated all his colleagues who joined the peaceful protest against SARS led by Falz and Runtown. He also joined the protest later on.
  9. C Kay: Artiste/Music Producer, C Kay, was one of those to lend a loud voice to the protest, showing up physically to demand change. 
  10. Prince: Ex-Big Brother Nigerian housemates, Prince Enwerem also showed up to the physical protests, clamouring for the end of the SARS unit.
  11. Feyikemi Abudu: Business Consultant, Podcaster, Feyikemi Abudu passionately joined youths sharing their voice on the streets #EndSARSProtests. Her Twitter feed has been teeming with social commentary and videos of live protest. She also called for donations and utilised the funds to purchase refreshments for the protesters.
  12. Anti-SARS gang: The Twitter page, Anti SARS gang, has been devoted to giving Nigerians updates on the SARS protests all over Nigeria. 
  13. PiggyVest: One of the largest single online savings and investment platform in Nigeria have actively voiced their disapproval of police brutality in Nigeria in solidarity with the #EndSARSProtests.
  14. Odun Eweniyi: Co-Founder/COO of PiggyVest is not shying away from responsibility and is utilising both her freedom of speech and social platforms to speak out and protest against the bad eggs in police uniform.
  15. Seun Kuti: You could say that the revolution lives on in his blood as the Grammy nominee and youngest son of  Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. He is following in his father’s footsteps, ever so eloquently putting his platform to use against the current series of police brutality and the ensuing #EndSARSProtests.
  16. Pamilerin: Popular influencer, Pamilerin, has been very vocal about the endemic that is the SARS police unit. He also made an appearance at the protests calling for change. 
  17. Tacha: Everyone knows Tacha has an army of fans behind her. She made use of this influence to call for reform. The former Big Brother Naija housemate took to the streets and trended hashtags demanding the disbandment of SARS. 
  18. Tiwa Savage: The entertainer made a lowkey appearance at the anti-SARS protest and also gave her followers a live view of the ongoing protest. 
  19. DJ Cuppy: She tweeted to let people know that she is also in support of the protests. The singer owned her privilege and also showed empathy with the people at the receiving end of the current reality. 
  20. Toke Makinwa: Style icon and media personality, Toke Makinwa showed that she is more than entertainment. She took the streets to call for a complete reform of the police system alongside other protesters. 
  21. Jackie Aina: Makeup YouTuber, Jackie Aina, wields no small influence. This is why her talking about the ongoing SARS protest in Nigeria greatly helped amplify the protester’s voices.
  22. Small Doctor: Saying that Adekunle Temitope better known by his stage name Small Doctor led a protest doesn’t quite suffice – the entertainer pulled a massive crowd from Agege to join other protesters at the seat of government in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. 
  23. Temi Otedola: Temi Otedola also joined her sister DJ Cuppy to amplify the voices of protesters; asking the government to make change happen. 
  24. Ebele: Ebele is a known feminist and activist on the streets of Twitter. She showed up in Ikeja to also protest the activities of the SARS unit while giving her followers a minute-by-minute update on the protest. 
  25. Zikoko: The platform was one of the first online publications to make a statement on social media in support of the protests. They announced that there’ll be no new quizzes or stories apart from their flagships. The platform pledged to provide updates and live tweets on #EndSARS. 
  26. Mazi Ibe: Popular influencer, Mazi Ibe also took to the streets to join his will with that of the people. 
  27. Funmi Iyanda: Media personality, Funmi Iyanda is both passionate and vocal. She took to the streets alongside other protesters, lending a necessary voice to the call for revolution.
  28. Oli Ekun: The Yoruba voice actor and influencer put his own skills to use when he created a voice memo in the Yoruba language targeted at the older generation of Nigerians. 
  29. Omowumi Dada: The Oloture actress appeared on TVC and used the opportunity to speak on the ongoing protests. 
  30. DJ Spinall: He also added his voice to the agitation and offered to foot the bills of an injured protester. 
  31. Craze Clown: The skit maker and comedian put his influence to use on social media encouraging his followers to continue trending the hashtag. 
  32. Derin from Isale Eko: A video of Derin questioning and challenging Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu resurfaced. Nigerians are pointing out to it to show how she was right all along looking at the present reality. 
  33. Denola Grey: This fashion pacesetter and content creator has not failed to show his support for the ongoing #EndSARS protests as he used his platform to share the experiences of the average Nigerian youth with police brutality. He also joined the march to put an end to the violence by the Nigerian police.
  34. Dipo Awojide: The self-development enthusiast has continued to advocate alongside other Nigerians on social media. He offered to lead an adjoining protest in the United Kingdom. 
  35. Mosopemi: The food expert offered her services — joining Feyikemi Abudu in helping to provide food for the protesters. She also went to stay with one of the injured protesters in the hospital. 
  36. Erica: Being one of the most popular ex-BBNaija housemates of 2020, Erica has been pretty open about her views on the #EndSARS protests voicing her support for the movement on her social media platforms and urging  Elites to stand against police brutality.
  37. Funmi Oyatogun: Travel consultant and entrepreneur took to the streets of Lagos to partake in the current march against police injustice in the  #EndSARS protests. She handed out refreshments to the brave young men and women who took to the streets. 
  38. Sydney Talker: Instagram comedian Sydney Talker joined the #EndSARS protests in the early hours of Friday in solidarity with Nigerian youths rallying against police brutality.
  39. Nasty Blaq: Content creator and rising comedian took to the streets in protest of police brutality. He spoke to newsmen on site and held up a poster reading “To be modern is not a Crime”.
  40. Aproko Doctor: The founder of DHealthyThreads committed his social media platform to the #EndSARS cause as his tweets encouraged Nigerians to utilise their right to vote as a means of stopping the needless bloodshed and harassment by the Nigerian police. 
  41. Chief Hydra: This Twitter user has been using his platform to share the ongoing developments and stories of the victims of police brutality in solidarity with #EndSARS protests.
  42. Tomike Adeoye: Actress, Tomike Adeoye took to the streets with fellow celebrities in the #EndSARS protests. 
  43. Toni Tones: Gbemi Anthonia Adefuye, known popularly as Toni Tones, a Nigerian media personality, actress, and photographer expressed her solidarity with Nigerian youths in a series of tweets calling for an end to violence.
  44. Seth Temiloluea Solomon: Brother and manager of the popular Afropop artiste, Reekado Banks has not been silent in expressing his distaste for police brutality following the #EndSARS protests.
  45. Dija: The Mavin Records sweetheart and yummy mummy played an active role in the #EndSARS protests in Lagos as she took to the streets to march against police brutality and share live happenings on her social media platforms.
  46. Ruggedman: This rap legend has never been one to shy away from fighting injustice. He has used his platform to show his solidarity with the thousands of Nigerian youths protesting on the streets and has called on the Presidency to initiate reforms.
  47. Silas Adedoyin: Software Engineer, Silas Adedoyin did not hesitate to put his knowledge to good use as he managed to provide links to contact Nigerian Senators as an appeal to fuel the #EndSARS campaign.
  48. Obiageli Egoaguagwu: The PR Strategist and communication expert shared her contribution to the recent #EndSARS protests. Her shared tweets containing the contact information of several public officials have spread like wildfire.
  49. Oby Ezekwesili: This former presidential aspirant has been quite vocal about the rights of citizens to peacefully protest and has publicly called out to the President to meet the demands of the #EndSARS protesters and restrain from using brute force against them.
  50. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu: The reality TV show host is showing that he’s not only a resident fashion killer but also a huge supporter of the Anti Sars Gang in a series of tweets expressing his solidarity with protesters at the #EndSARS campaign
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