Many celebrities are using their platform to speak out about the tragedies taking place across Nigeria right now, as SARS (the Special Anti Robbery Squad) stand accused of shooting and killing peaceful protestors (and wounding multiple others). Widespread protests began two weeks ago after a video circulated showing a man allegedly being badly beaten by SARS officers – those peacefully demonstrating say they are hoping to bring change against police brutality, sparking the #EndSARS movement.
These international celebrities have in one way or another benefited from Nigerians and Africans at large, and have come back to use their platforms to speak out about the unrest happening in Nigeria at the moment.
Nigerians are happy about this, some have made comparison between these celebrities as to who should have done what and who shouldn’t. Here are some of the celebrities who do not only come to Nigeria for Detty December, but also have Nigeria’s best interests at heart
Nicki, who recently gave birth to her first child, tweeted, “Standing with & praying for the brave young people of Nigeria who are on the front lines of this senseless violence. Your voice is being heard.
Rihanna wrote a message on her Instagram Stories which she also shared on Twitter. She shared her moving words alongside a harrowing tribute of a blood-stained Nigerian flag: “I can’t bare to see this torture and brutalisation that is continuing to affect nations across this planet! It’s such a betrayal to the citizens, the very people put in place to protect are the ones we are most afraid of being murdered by!” The Fenty designer added, “My heart is broken for Nigeria man!! It is unbearable to watch. I’m so proud of your strength and not letting up on the fight for what’s right! #EndSARS.”
The Lion King star shared a moving statement on Instagram: “I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. There has to be an end to SARS. We have been working on partnerships with youth organizations to support those protesting for change. We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter.” Beyoncé continued, “To our Nigerian brothers and sisters, we stand with you. Please visit Beyonce.com for a list of organisations to show your support.”
Gabrielle Monique Union
The American actress, voice artist, activist, and author has been so passionate about this cause, she amplified the #ENDSARS movement on her Instagram and on her Twitter.
”#EndSARS We need everyone’s voice to amplify what is going on as we speak!! The world is watching”
The co-host of E!’s “Nightly Pop” and an E! News correspondent did not only lend her voice, but she also educated people about what the protest is all about and how they can help.
“WHAT IS SARS?
Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS)
Is a special unit within the special police force
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM
The unit has been using violence, torture and extortion against the civilians it was meant to protect. It has become a threat to the livelihood of all Nigerian citizens especially the Youth and women
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE PART?
If you care about justice and human rights, you should take part. We need you to speak up with Nigerians that are fighting against oppression.”
Also sharing a haunting image of a blood-stained Nigerian flag, the supermodel petitioned the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“President @muhammadubuhari, please stop the violence that is killing the Bright and promising future of Nigeria. Our youths and young generation are our leaders of the future. Show the world who are watching… BE THE HEAD OF STATE THAT SETS AN EXAMPLE! #ENDSARSNOW 💔🇳🇬🦅 .”
Chance The Rapper
The musician urged the world to sit up and take note, referencing the killings in Lekki specifically. “
There is a massacre happening in Lekki. Firing squads mass murdering young people in Nigeria. The world needs to engage #endSARS.”
The GRAMMY Award winner shared details for a candlelit vigil in LA, in memory of those slain at SARS protests, as well highlighting issues in other African countries, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“There’s a crisis on the continent. The people on the ground in Africa need your support and solidarity. Indeed colonialism is everywhere therefore Black Lives Matter everywhere… I’ve tagged a few accounts that you can pay attention to & find out what’s happening, if you are on the same page as me… also feel free below to add leaders in the communities and tag your friends who are organising and helping people on the ground in diff countries. #AfricaUnite #ThePowerIsWithThePeople #ANewTime #ANewDay.”
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The Youth Excellence Awards
The Youth Excellence Awards (YEA), Ghana, is an awards scheme which celebrates exceptional and outstanding youth in Ghana. Those who strive to be better, and at the same time they have a positive impact on their society in their various field of work.
The scheme believes that by celebrating, acknowledging and rewarding these extraordinary youth, it helps build a good platform by having a voice and gives opportunities to the new generational leaders’ while building a great attitude in the youth to strive for excellence.
By this awards scheme individual efforts to contribute positively to the economy on the continent by striving hard with dedication and perseverance by overcoming challenges and the unfavourable economy will be admonished.
The awards board consists of Kwame Owusu Danso and John Demelo.
The awarding board is seeking outstanding youth in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, professionals in the Public and Private sectors, Health, Governance, Non-profit sectors and will recognize their achievement in business inventions and innovations and community building.
YEA categories cover a wide range of sectors including; Leadership, Health, Education, Visual Arts, Journalism, Agriculture, Law, Sports, and Technology.
To recognize and celebrate youth leaders who professionally or personally have impacted on youth through outstanding leadership.
To identify projects and achievements spearhead by youth which has produced clear value and chalked success and has benefited society (particularly, the youth)?
It’s a platform that brings all hardworking youth together to network and build business relationships.
To encourage our upcoming youth that excellence and success can be achieved at tender age.
For any individual to be eligible for any category of the awards scheme, the following must be met:
The candidate must be an upcoming (this should be clearly defined) living and doing business in Ghana
Nominees with mutual submissions: nominees who have no advantage over those with one submission. In essence, the selection process will not depend on the number of nominations an individual receives.
Nominations can be anonymous and letters of recommendations are not required.
Nominees must still be a youth by event date (be between the ages of 18 and 40).
Must be a youth leader, Entrepreneur/CEO, Co-founder, or COO of a firm.
Ready to travel to any of the African countries
The brain behind the organization of Youth Excellence Awards is the Clique Empire, which has an enviable record of organizing spectacular and successful events, including, “Take it off pool Rave,” “YES – Today,” and the Youth Excellence Awards.
YEA Ghana will promote and celebrate Africa’s young change-makers, entrepreneurs, and youth leaders from all walks of life. YEA Ghana is a platform for global recognition of individuals as outstanding young achievers and youth leaders. Publication of winners in newspapers and blog sites across Ghana after the event.
I did not cheat on 9ice – Ex-wife, Toni Payne Reveals
9ice’s ex wife, Toni Payne, has revealed that she did not cheat on 9ice, she has however, warned fans to stop coming to her social media page accusing her of cheating on her ex-husband, 9ice.
Toni Payne said this on her Instagram page after a video of 9ice cheating on his wife, Sunkanmi with another woman went viral
There were allegations sometime ago that the marriage between Payne and 9ice crashed because she was cheating on 9ice with Ruggedman.
However, the ex-wife took to her Instagram page on Saturday insisting that she never cheated while she was married to 9ice and cursed those hurling insults at her.
She warned fans to leave her out of the recent drama surrounding 9ice and let her leave her life, adding that she has moved on.
Toni Payne said: “One of the most annoying things I have to deal with is some random idiot coming on my page to accuse me of cheating on my ex, something that never happened. I don’t know how many times I have to say this.
”One of the most annoying things I have to deal woth is some random idiot coming to my page to accuse me of cheating on my ex… something that never happened. I dunno how many times I have to say that song wasn’t about me. I helped mix and master the darn song. I’m a smart woman, why would I help out on a song that would make me look bad?
Anyways, I cursed someone who came to my page with that nonsense and honestly, I do not feel bad. False accusations ae hurtful… I have moved on and they should too. Stop coming on my page about imaginary nonsense from 10 years ago. Let me enjoy my peaceful and wonderful lie without morbid reminders. Anyone who spreads lies about me or comes to harass me about something I did not do will NEVER know peace and favor. I say this from the deepest place of my heart. Free me, abeg.
It’s been 10 years, move on and stop accusing me of cheating on my ex-husband, 9ice. I don’t know why people keep coming to my page with this, I’ve moved on please leave me alone. The fact I have to deal with this 10 years later is annoying but please leave me out of this bullshit because I don’t want any part of this.”
This is coming after 9ice publicly apologised to his wife for cheating on her.
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