Remembering Fela1 minute read
This year, Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s birthday is particularly special as it comes in the midst of an ongoing nationwide protest organised by #Nigerian youths who are calling for an end to police brutality.
Nigeria’s Revered Cleric, Adeboye, Declares 30-Day Fasting, Prayer Over Ongoing Violence
The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has declared a 30-day fasting and prayer across Nigeria to tackle the ongoing chaos in the West African nation.
For almost three weeks now Nigeria had been embroiled in a protest that initially started peacefully but degenerated into chaos after it was hijacked by suspected hoodlums. Across the country, irate mob have vandalised and looted businesses, residences, government and private-owned warehouses, carting away goods – including basic things like food and mattresses.
With the chaos seemingly not ending, Pastor Adeboye on Tuesday called on RCCG members and the entire country to embark on 30-day fasting and prayer which is expected to begin on Sunday, November 1.
According to a statement by Pastor J.O. Odesola, the Assistant General Overseer in charge of Administration and Personnel on behalf of Pastor Adeboye, the prayer is to hold from November 1 to November 30 from midnight to 6.00 p.m. daily while the marathon fasting is to hold from November 1 to November 14.
The statement entitled: ‘Fasting and Prayer for Nigeria’, reads: “We hereby wish to inform you all members of RCCG that the General Overseer has directed that we should commence thirty days fasting and prayer exercise from Sunday 1st November 2020.
“1st-30th November 2020 from midnight to 6 pm daily. Marathon Fasting – 1st-14th November 2020. Prayer guide shall be forwarded soon.
“Where possible, brethren should be encouraged to come together for prayers while ensuring that all COVID-19 government regulations and safety precautions, social distancing, use of nose mask, provision of hand sanitizers or wash hand basin are put in place.
“You are to kindly inform and encourage all and sundry to participate in this exercise.”
“I may not run for office but I’ll join a political party that aligns with my values”- Diary Of A Naija Girl
Brand cinematic story teller, Ife, popularly known as Diary of a Naija girl has revealed her utmost displeasure to the system of governance in Nigeria stating categorically things she would do and things she would not do after the president’s address on Thursday night.
“Last night, I chose to calm my spirit and sleep early. This was after I had cried in frustration in the shower. I’m up now and after a deep soul search, I have made the following decisions: I may not run for office but I’ll join a political party that aligns with my values. I will take it as my sole duty to encourage youths to join a political party that aligns with their values. I will make it my sole duty to encourage youths to get their voters card and vote. I will spend my resources to support youths who have the right values to get involved in the governance of this country.”
Here’s what I will not do:I will no longer spend one more moment of my energy, emotions and time feeling bad or angry at this government .Even though I’ve lost faith in the government, I have faith in myself and my capabilities because I know that when I set my mind to something, I’m unstoppable, no matter the challenges.
For now, I’ll go back to my business to regain the time I’ve lost while enveloped in the #Endsars movement. I hope that in your own time, you’ll join me in this resolve to make REAL change happen in Nigeria by starting with yourself and participating in your little way because it truly does start with us. And because enough is enough! No more wallowing in defeat and/or self-pity, A LOT IS AT STAKE. May the souls of those we’ve lost in this fight, rest in peace. Amin.
Ife ‘s hope of a new era seem to have been dashed. Few days ago, DANG made it known how optimistic she was that change had truly begun. In her exact words, I was moved to tears by the unity amongst us, the real pain in people’s eyes and the desperate hope in their voices. This is happening, we may have reached the peak of “anyhowness” from our Govt. I think change has begun”
However after the President’s speech, she lost hope against hope.
“Did you watch the President’s speech?I watched it and heard him pay tribute to fallen policemen but didn’t hear him mention anything about the #LekkitollgateMassacre .Or was there a point he did this and maybe I was distracted? Please correct me if I’m wrong.
I was at that protest almost every day and on Tuesday as well. It could have been me that was shot dead and this is how everyone will act helpless, just the way I feel helpless now. This means those people too who were killed, that’s it. They’re gone and that’s it?” The content creator said disappointed.
Nigerian celebrities in the diaspora lend their voices to the End SARS protests in Nigeria
Yvonne Orji, Uzo Aduba, Jidenna, Cynthia Erivo, Jackie Aina, and a number of other Nigerian celebrities at home and in the diaspora have lent their voices to the #EndSARS protest.
Some even recorded a video raising awareness about the injustice Nigerians face in the hands of officers charged with protecting them, and they called for an end to police brutality. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, DJ Spinall, and a number of other Nigerian celebrities recognized internationally also featured in the video
The Star Wars actor, who passionately spoke at Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, said of the travesty: “I don’t know what to say. To wage such war on your own people…They must pay.” Later adding on his Instagram Stories, “The world must see. The Nigerian government has failed its people. THEY MUST GO.”
Alongside sharing a video explaining the situation in Nigeria (in which she can be seen referencing the first wave of anti-SARS protests in 2017), the Orange Is The New Black star wrote: “Enough is enough! We are united and stand in solidarity as one Nigeria. This is a chance to redefine our future and we join the call for the Nigerian government to act now to create a country that we all can be proud of.”
Phenomenal popular beauty blogger Jackie also appears in the above video with Uzo Aduba. She shared it on her own social media channels, along with the names of many victims: “I don’t know how else to say this but I don’t know how anyone who follows me can see what is happening in Nigeria and not feel compelled to share. Nigerians are literally fighting for their lives. Initially what started with peaceful protests to end police brutality in Nigeria has ignited much larger conversations and much more. NIGERIA NEEDS HELP and has needed help for a long time.”
She continued, “No more people should have to die for BASIC human rights. It makes me sick that the government in Nigeria would much rather inconvenience an entire country and pushback on the demands instead of doing the right thing. Nigerians deserve a better Nigeria, point blank period. There is just….a lot. A lot more that I can’t convey on this post but if you remember anything, remember that Black Lives Matter all the time, Nigerian Lives Matter too, and when we say Black Lives we MOST CERTAINLY do not and will not exclude the LGBTQ community from this conversation, no matter how much the nation may try to!”
The rapper, who won Best Album at The BRITs earlier this year, joined thousands tweeting out their support. He wrote, “THEY ARE KILLING OUR PEOPLE. OUR HEARTS ARE HEAVY. #EndSARS”
If you’d like to donate to help those campaigning to #EndSARS, visit the Feminist Coalition and Connected Development, or find out more information at Amnesty International. You can also write to your local MP urging them to take action.
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