Davido Opens Up On The Aftermath of The #EndSARS Protest

Davido revealed he got into some trouble with the government following his involvement in the 2020 #EndSARS protest, adding that it was so intense, he had to leave the country.

As Nigeria and Nigerians prepare to mark their 61st Independence Ceremony, many will, of course, be reflecting on the #EndSARS protests which rocked the nation, starting just after 10 days of the country’s 60th anniversary and culminating in one of the darkest tragedies to ever befall the country.

Heroes like Aisha Yesufu were birthed and became immortalised in the hearts of many young Nigerians. Her image, spread throughout social media as a beacon of hope. Everyone rallied in solidarity. So did some Nigerian celebrities who became the movement’s linchpin, both in the streets and online. Instagram comedian Mr Macaroni, DJ Switch, Davido, who led one of the protests in Abuja, to mention but a few.

Davido’s song Fem became an anthem during the protests and the singer, speaking during a guest appearance at South African comedian Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show, Davido revealed he’s been at odds with the government, a little less than a year after the events.

It was a question related to how Fem became an anthem for the movement that prompted Davido’s revelation.

“I did not record that song thinking that was going to happen. Honestly, it is amazing how I saw my voice be an instrument for the people. It was amazing…I got into a lot of trouble, I got into a lot of trouble. I had to actually leave the country it was that bad because I got into a lot of trouble,” he said.

“It was amazing to see people come out like that. I’ll tell you this, they listened, they heard us. They might have changed nothing but they were shocked.”

The October 20, 2020 Lekki Toll Gate shootings at peaceful protesters by members of the Nigerian military will infamously be remembered, but in the build up to that black Tuesday, was a substantial sign of hope that Nigerians could come together to demand change and force a monumental reaction from the people in power.

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