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Friday 11 June 2021

MUSIC: IBEJII - Gonto. @Ibejiimusic


Ibejii shines a light on EndSARS

Following our initial email about this release in mid May, Ibejii's single Gonto is digitally released this Friday & would appreciate if you could post a piece about the release from then onward. Please read on . 

African Electro Soul artist Ibejii releases Gonto – a dramatic and expressive piece that touches on the emotional rollercoaster foisted on us all by CoviD19, Black Lives Matters and in particular, aims to shine a light on EndSARS.

As an advocate for the EndSARS movement, Ibejii is highly passionate about spreading its message of change through the record, as well as further tracks and visual media scheduled for release later this year.

Sung in traditional Yorùbá language, on the track Ibejii tells a story of defiance by the younger generation against rich and powerful oppressors, while leaning on the drive and aspirations of a new generation determined to make its own unique path in the world.

We would love you to consider reviewing Gonto and its important message of empowerment to young people when it’s digitally released on 11th June.

Should you be interested in interviewing Ibejii on the issue and his creative journey, please do get back to arrange. All support of this record and its message to young people is most appreciated.

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How the EndSARS protests have changed Nigeria forever (BBC World News)

A potent mix of street protests and social media gave young Nigerians a voice that shattered the country's culture of deference. As the #EndSARS hashtag went viral, so did a defiance of the elite in Nigeria.

The trashing of the palace of the highly respected oba, or traditional ruler, of Lagos was symbolic of this mood. The youths dragged his throne around, looted his possessions and swam in his pool.

What began as a protest against the hated police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) has become a conduit for the youth to vent their anger with the people who have been in charge of Nigeria for decades, and demand change.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo warned in 2017 that "we are all sitting on a keg of gunpowder" when it comes to the young.

His comments were about the continent in general but they apply to Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation with 200 million people, more than 60% of whom are under the age of 24.

The majority of those of working age do not have formal employment and there are few opportunities to get a good education. Earlier this year, government statistics showed that 40% of Nigerians lived in poverty.

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