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Nigerians use social media to aid protests

Wura Ogunnaike
Recent tweets on the #EndSARS hashtag on Twitter.

Last monthas most people began to prepare for Halloween, youths from all over Nigeria took to the streets to protest the violent nature of the Nigerian police. October 8th marked the beginning of nationwide protests against the Nigerian government, calling for the end of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS.  

#EndSARS is not a new movement in Nigeria, it has trended online every yeasince 2017. This year, after a video of a SARS officer shooting an unarmed man went viral, people finally took to the streets.   

Rather than listening to the peoples demands, the government dispatched the police and military, who met peaceful protests with excessive violence. What started out as civil disobedience from young people fed up with the excessive violence turned into a bloody massacre.  

Throughout all this, social media and the Internet have been a beacon of hope for Nigerians wishing for change. The older generations in Nigeria get their news in a traditional way, from newspapers that are often owned by politicians and large companies that support them. Younger people have used social media sites, like Twitter and Instagram, to get faster, more accurate information on the things happening in their country. 

Young people also used social media to organize and share information about protests, medical aid, legal representation and fundraising.  

On October 20thprotesters sat at Lekki Toll Gate, singing the national anthem and waving the Nigerian flagAround 6:50 p.m., CCTV cameras were removed, and Nigerian Armed Forces opened fire on the protesters.  

The Nigerian Army denied any involvement in the shooting, but with Instagram lives from people at the gate, protesters were able to debunk these claims and call for accountability for the massacre 

The use of social media during the SARS protests mirrors the Black Lives Matter protests that occurred across the world this past summer, where people used live updates on Twitter and Instagram to document what was going on  

The Nigerian government has a long history with corruption and violence, but the rise of social media “reporting” has made it easier than ever to call for justice and institutional reform.  

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Wura Ogunnaike
Wura Ogunnaike, Editor of Culture & Lifestyle & Social Media Manager
After spending her summer in a lab for a science research program, Wura Ogunnaike (23’) is ready to return to the Webb Canyon Chronicle as a Social Media Manager and the Editor of Culture & Lifestyle. Reflecting her earlier efforts, Wura enjoys writing for the publication because of the freedom and wide range of topics she can cover in the process. This year, aside from having fun with writing, Wura is also taking on the responsibility of a Social Media Manager by utilizing social media outreach to attract more readership and enhance the reputation of the Webb Canyon Chronicle. Outside of the newsroom, Wura is a Jameson dorm prefect, where she always demonstrates the perfect balance between enacting leadership when necessary and showing kindness to her fellow dorm residents. In her free time, Wura likes to read, hike, and listen to Taylor Swift songs. However, her favorite song is “This is What Makes Us Girls” by Lana Del Rey. In addition to developing new interests, her goal for herself is to branch out in multimedia and work on social media-related publications. Some examples include podcasts or a photo gallery, which she has already exposed herself to during her first year of journalism.  Favorite Song: "This Is What Makes Us Girls" by Lana Del Rey

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