#EndSARS: Wizkid, Genevieve Nnaji, Zoro and more… |50 key people making their voices heard in the anti-SARS movement

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 we identify notable Nigerians who have played a key role in the #EndSARS movement. 

  1. Tacha: With the #EndSARS protest spreading to Enugu and Port Harcourt this week, the former Big Brother Naija housemate has joined her teeming fans in the Rivers State capital to call for police reforms.
  2. Genevieve Nnaji: The actress and entrepreneur has become an important voice in raising awareness for the protest on social media. But her viral response to the state government’s ban on #EndSARS protest in Rivers State captures the current sentiment about the outcry among many young Nigerians. 
  3. Desmond Elliot: While he has publicly called for a legislative review of The Nigerian Police, the actor and member representing Surulere Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly, also had to play an active role in securing the release of five protesters detained at the Area C Police station, Surulere.
  4. Aisha Yesufu: What else can be said about this brave, powerful, confident woman? Currently, there’s a viral image that refers to her as Nigeria’s ‘Statue of Liberty’. 
  5. Mr. Macaroni: Mr. Macaroni has been front and centre of the anti-SARS movement for days. Not new to activism, the comedian continues to lead several protests in Lagos.
  6. Songs and Samples: The music platform on Twitter has become an essential tool to raise funds and awareness for the protests among many music enthusiasts internationally.
  7. Darey Art Alade: The popular singer, songwriter and entrepreneur has consistently promoted the protests and the participants on his Twitter page.
  1. Fisayo Soyombo: The writer and investigative journalist continues to drive viral conversations and news reports about the protests in Nigeria.
  2. JJ. Omojuwa: Nigerian blogger, author, public speaker, and political commentator has been very vocal about the havoc SARS has wrecked in the society, while also advocating for global support for the protest.
  3. Sam Adeyemi: The Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre and Principal Consultant, Sam Adeyemi GLC, has been a voice of reason during the protests. Through series of tweets, the public speaker has demanded an end to police brutality, a quick response from the government and also urged the youths to take advantage of the #EndSARS protest to secure deep change for the nation’s development.
  4. Tech Cabal: The tech media startup has joined the #EndSARS protests trend by providing informative content for those participating in the protests. 
  5. Dr Joe Abah: Through his Twitter account, the social commentator has continued to call for a calm response by the Nigerian police, including recommendations through which the government can address the crisis.
  6. Don Jazzy: True to his reputation, he has joined the people on the streets to protest against the terrorism of SARS. 
  7. Fisayo Fosudo: Tech YouTuber, Fisayo Fosudo, recognises that the SARS body has consistently targeted the tech community. He joined the protests with intensity and passion.
  8. Flavour Nabania: The singer, songwriter and multi-talented instrumentalist from Enugu joined the #EndSARS protests in his home state.
  9. Zoro (@ZoroSwagbag): As many young Nigerians troop out to call for an end to police brutality, the indigenous rapper joined protesters at Okpara Square in Enugu State. 
  10. Phyno: The rapper has also joined protesters in Enugu State.
  11. Yele Bademosi: The tech entrepreneur has been an active participant at several protests in Lagos, and his twitter feed has become a gripping thread on activities surrounding the crisis. His company, Bundle Africa contributed N1,000,000 (2,145 BUSD) to the cause, while he personally contributed an additional N500,000 (1,072.5 BUSD). 
  12. Dipo Awojide: The Nigerian lecturer based in the United Kingdom, who has consistently condemned violent actions of the SARS operatives, called for and led the peaceful protests in London. 
  13. Falz: Since the protests began, Falz has barely stopped tweeting, reposting, commenting, or even protesting. With the Rivers State government banning public protests, the singer and actor has gone further to call out the governor.
  14. Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun: While actively driving awareness for the protests on social media, the singer and songwriter also joined the protests in the United Kingdom.
  15. Kate Henshaw: Actress, Kate Henshaw has continued to call for an end to the SARS police unit via her social media platform.
  16. Feyikemi Abudu: No one can talk about the current #EndSARS protests without mentioning her.  The business consultant and podcaster has passionately lent her voice to the struggle and consistently calls for funds to support the protesters. She raised over 2 Million naira ($5,200.00) for protestors in 2 days. 
  17. Kola Oyeneyin: The Venia Group founder has participated in several protests in Lagos. But if anyone needs to understand how older activists, entrepreneurs and leaders have positioned themselves in the conversation, his Twitter feed is an interesting read. 
  18. Frank Donga: Frank Donga, uses his platform to call out gaps in Nigeria’s system regularly. He didn’t miss a beat, and also joined in on the social media protest against SARS.
  19. Kiki Mordi: Kiki Mordi has been at the forefront of managing resources to help those protesting against SARS across the country.
  20. Omobola Johnson: The former minister of communications technology has lent her voice to #EndSars protest, narrating on her Twitter handle how her son was victimised by an operative of the special anti-robbery squad.
  21. Toolz Oniru-Demuren: Having just given birth a few months ago, the media personality has easily found an effective position to contribute to the protests. She is constantly retweeting and reposting content that provides information for audiences on social media, and also requests that protesters send her videos and images that she can share with her 1.3million Twitter followers to drive awareness for the cause.
  22. Davido: Entertainer, Davido has consistently used his platform to call for the eradication of SARS. He recently organised a protest in Abuja and was part of a meeting with the Inspector-General of Police where he raised the need for adequate training and psychological re-evaluation of members of the police unit.  
  23. Flutterwave: The payment outfit is one of the very few brands openly expressing support for the #EndSARS movement. They have contributed to the cause and supported the protesters.
  24. Dotun: The media personality has also been vocal on Twitter in support of the anti-SARS protest. He led a team of protesters at governor’s office, Alausa, on Thursday. 
  25. Savvy Rinu: She is the true definition of a powerful woman. Even with threats against her, she continues to speak against police brutality and actively participates in the protests.
  26. Runtown: Runtown led the massive protest that started from Lekki in Lagos last week Thursday. The outcry has expanded to many other states across the country.
  27. Rude boy: The former member of the Psquare duo, Rude boy joined the protest at the Lekki Toll Gate.
  28. Anti-SARS gang: The Twitter page, Anti SARS gang, has been devoted to giving Nigerians updates on the SARS protests all over Nigeria. 
  29. 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.
  30. 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. 
  31. Toke Makinwa: Even as a style icon and media personality, Toke Makinwa has shown that she is more than entertainment. Joining other protesters, she took the streets to call for a complete reform of the police system. She is also set to host this year’s The Future Awards Africa, a 3-day TV & Digital Festival aptly tagged ‘The Age of Revolution’.
  32. 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. 
  33. Zikoko: The platform was one of the first online publications to make a statement on social media in support of the protests. Every day, Zikoko provides updates on activities and locations for the protests and also live tweets on #EndSARS. 
  34. Mazi Ibe: Popular influencer, Mazi Ibe also took to the streets to call for an end to police brutality. 
  35. 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. 
  36. Omowumi Dada: The Oloture actress appeared on TVC and used the opportunity to speak on the ongoing protests. 
  37. DJ Spinall: He added his voice to the agitation and offered to foot the bills of an injured protester. 
  38. Mosopemi: The food expert offered her services — joining Feyikemi Abudu in helping to provide food for the protesters. She also stayed with an injured protester at the hospital. 
  39. Erica: As one of the most popular ex-BBNaija housemates, Erica is vocal 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.
  40. Kelvin Odanz: At a time where it was important to maintain wide interest in the protest through social media, the digital PR consultant and influencer has been at the forefront of driving the conversation through Twitter.
  41. Man United In Pidgin: Although focused on providing news about the English football club, Manchester United, the Twitter handle has transitioned into providing updates about the protests across Enugu, Rivers, Akwa Ibom states.
  42. MI Abaga: The rapper has actively participated and also shares updates about the protests on his social media handles.
  43. Zlatan Ibile:The singer and songwriter took his protest against the police unit to the Nigeria High Commission in Ghana.

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