SocialMediaTrends: #EndSARS emoji, ‘no fuel’ for protesters, Beyonce’s silence & other stories
The social media space in Nigeria has continued to care mostly about the #EndSARS protest that is going on across major cities in the country, with the conversations seeming unending.
Multiple hashtags have continued to emerge on Twitter, as the struggle is showing no sign of slowing down, especially after receiving international recognition and support.
On Friday, the support from Twitter co-founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey, went a step further as the American verified more frontliners of the #EndSARS movement, including Aisha Yesufu, Bolatito Oduala also known as Rinu.
Recall that a group known as Feminist Coalition, FK Abudu and a few others had on Wednesday seen their handles verified by the social app, following Mr. Dorsey’s endorsement of the protests.
#EndPoliceBrutality, #ReformtheNigerianPolice, #LazyNigerianYouthSpeaks, #LazyNigerianYouthUnite, #EndInsecurityNow, #BadGovernmentInNigeria, #RestructureNigeriaNow, #Sorosokenodeydisguise, are all discussion trends affiliated to the struggle, which all made it to the trends table on Friday. Here are a few trends that however, caught our attention:
This original hashtag for the agitations to end police brutality and scrap the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police, came alive in style on Friday morning, as Twitter assigned a special emoji to it.
The emoji, a tight fist representing the #EndSARS movement, is in the Nigerian national colours (green and white), and it was first tweeted by Mr. Dorsey.
— jack (@jack) October 16, 2020
This happened after Twitter returned from a temporary outage, causing the hashtag to trend alongside #TwitterDown.
Twitter had, between the late hours of Thursday and the early hours of Friday, experienced an outage, for which users were unable to tweet across the globe.
Apparently Twitter was down so they could add the Nigerian flag in the form of a fist beside the #EndSARS hashtag. Please where is that Adamu garba ? he should come and threaten Jack again so they can add something else.#EndPoliceBrutality #TwitterDown pic.twitter.com/sFkcGi7Njc
— Neon Boundaries (@neonboundaries) October 16, 2020
We enrolled Twitter CEO @jack to our school of savages, and he is doing well!
Adamu Garba threatened to carry him to court
Jack posted next
This is what I call… "I'm on my platform, come and beat me!"#JosEndSarsProtest #TwitterDown #EndsSARS #EndPoliceBrutality pic.twitter.com/ajtRCFeezD
— Mathias Amodu (@Mathiasamodu) October 16, 2020
The protests continued…
Don't say anything ?
Just RT & let this go viral ?
I can feel the pain in her voice already ?#EndSARS #LazyNigerianYouthUnite #EndSWATNow #ENDBADGOVERNANCE #EndPoliceBrutality #BadgovernmentinNigeria #EndSWATInNigeriaNow #FridayMotivation #EndCorruptionInNigeria #TwitterDown pic.twitter.com/ueSRt5ePxT
— rhonnie ®️ (@rhonnie_kr) October 16, 2020
#EndsSARS #EndSWAT #EndPoliceBrutality …
Enough is enough…our voice must be heard just as a mother heard the cry of her children… #ReformTheNigeriaPolice #ReconstructNigeria pic.twitter.com/XbMknuvHY5
— Florence Adeniji (@FlorenceAdenij1) October 16, 2020
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American singer, Beyonce, trended with over 200 thousand tweets on Friday, right after Nigerian music artist, Tiwa Savage, called her out for her silence since the the #EndSARS protests began in Nigeria.
The R&B and pop singer received the much attention especially since she was almost dubbed “Mama Africa” for featuring a number of African artists in her most-recent album. Few tweeps, however, considered the backlash on the singer unnecessary.
When you released Lion King, many Nigerians saw it a moment of unity for all black people. A true “Wakanda” moment.
Our people are being killed by police.
Take a moment @Beyonce.
Lend a voice for the millions of Nigerians who love you.
Help us #EndPoliceBrutality
— Foodie Of Lagos⭐ (@_GLOWREE_) October 16, 2020
Calling Beyonce isn't necessary at all, she isn't the only intentional artist that hasn't said anything yet so y dragging her or are u guys also ready to drag other intentional artist that hasn't said anything yet
Let's face our own here and work together to #endsars
— Chioma (@gracyseun) October 16, 2020
Beyoncé used Africa to sell her music? Must be ment that’s worrying all of you. Lion king has to be one of Beyoncé’s poorest album when it comes to sales but these silly influencers won’t know! Don’t concentrate on your fight. Be looking for who to drag. Rubbish! #EndSARS
— Thinking Man (@hormonesapiens) October 16, 2020
Ardova PLC, formerly Forte Oil Plc, made it to the Twitter trends table after a user identified as Irose Gold Obiagheli Adanma, accused the company of refusing to sell fuel to #EndSARS protesters at their branch in Abuja.
Protesters who engaged the tweet expressed their disappointment over what thet perceived as alignment between the government and Forte PLC to frustrate their efforts.
Noted. No more @ForteOil_NG products are to be patronized, going forward. They're an enemy of the people for refusing to sell petroleum products to #EndSARS protesters.
— Ikenna Okeh (@IkennaOkeh) October 16, 2020
It used to be, not anymore.#EndSARS#CancelForteOil
— aBiola~ (@abiezek7) October 16, 2020
Ladies and gentlemen, we boycott them. They should only sell to Buhari. Good riddance #EndSARS
— obinna (@lippynd_) October 16, 2020
He’s the Owner of Forte Oil.
He refused to sell fuel to Abuja protesters.
Remember that name.
Incase it comes up in politics or govt appointment anytime later in future.
And you also know which petrol station NOT to buy fuel from again. Thank you. #EndSARS
— #OurFavOnlineDoc ?????? (@DrOlufunmilayo) October 16, 2020
#EndSARS protesters in Jos, Plataeu State, have joined other states nationwide in the fight against police brutality.
As was obtainable in states like Abuja and Lagos, protesters in Jos have been repelled by security operatives with guns and tear gas. The struggle continued regardless.
Good vibes… Keep the energy.. #JosEndSarsProtest #EndSARS
— J. A. D. E. D (@DanielBoaz19) October 16, 2020
Live ammunition fired at protesters in Jos; #Josprotest #JosEndSarsProtest
— Amnesty International Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) October 15, 2020
We came out for a peaceful march in Jos, but we were beaten, tear gassed and shot with live bullets thankfully no lives lost.
TOMORROW WE MOVE AGAIN!!! #JosProtest #EndSWAT pic.twitter.com/wYHpqAyhOw
— A boy is black (@blaqboi_vic) October 15, 2020
…By Okiemute Abraham
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