2020 has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. From the COVID pandemic to political suppression, to police brutality worldwide, it’s been quite an overwhelming year, to say the least. Nigeria is no stranger to any of these issues, as the country has had an outbreak, political corruption, or a citizen revolt against the government at one point in time, or in this case all at once. Despite Desmond Elliot’s recent comments about social media, Twitter and Instagram have been instrumental in spreading awareness and getting people involved. At times, the Diaspora faces criticism (rightfully so) for being overly zealous when it comes to celebrating independence days but sitting conveniently quiet in the comfort of our homes when it comes to speaking up about the ethical rights of those in our home countries. Of course, there’s not enough time in the world to tackle each and every sociopolitical issue so it’s understandable if someone feels a sense of helplessness. Especially if you’re living in the U.S. and have to deal with Agent Orange and Police brutality on your doorstep. However, to the Diaspora’s credit, we’ve seen plans of actions, donations, protests, in places like France, Berlin, Tokyo, and of course the U.S., as Nigerians in each city stand in solidarity with those on the ground.
As of November 4th, The International Criminal Court (ICC) has officially opened an investigation into the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria. The ICC has assured that the findings of the formal inquiry into the crimes committed during the protests will be made public.
As you can expect, #EndSARS isn’t Africa’s only current problem. In recent weeks, we have seen social media campaigns calling attention to #CongoIsBleeding, #ShutItAllDown, #AngloPhoneCrisis, #RapeNationalEmergency, #ZimbabweanLivesMatter, just to name a few.
In case you are still unaware of some of Africa’s current crises, read a little bit below about what people are going through in Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and beyond. #JusticeForAfrica
See below, footage of protests across the diaspora lending their voice and platforms to the #EndSARS movement all over the world.
Though this is a step in the right direction, It’s important to note that the fight is NOT over. Keep up the good fight!