Should Burna Boy Lead A Protest?

September 30, 2020

Citizen is a column that explains how the government’s policies fucks citizens and how we can unfuck ourselves.


Should Burna Boy lead a protest? Well, it all started with a tweet:

And then Sowore replied:

And then Nigerians started weighing in.

1. Some think Burna Boy only likes the fun part of being Fela:

2. Others think Sowore is the hypocrite:

Others think he should just spare us the faux righteousness (aka Lil Fela vibes):

IS BURNA BOY MAKING SENSE?

Thing is, anyone can criticize their government. Burna Boy is within his rights to be angry with Nigerians and the Nigerian government.

But if you sound so passionate about the stupidity of politicians and the docility of Nigerians, then shouldn’t you be doing something about it? The easiest part is staying in a studio somewhere yabbing Nigeria and Nigerians, without actually doing putting any pressure on the government. Whereas, Sowore is at least doing something with his #RevolutionNow protests.

People have to be educated about the best policies a candidate should offer. They have to be enthusiastic about voting. They have to be enthusiastic about protests. Government itself needs to see that people are angry with it. Elections need to be better. The Police needs to be reformed. In fact, there is a whole citizen and governance culture that needs to be fixed.

The barest minimum is tweeting and singing about Nigeria. Nigeria can only work if people show up in real life to fix society’s issues. And this is not to say that making conscious music alone is bad. But we need to do more.

So, maybe Burna Boy should join Sowore in a protest if je really means it. No?

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Doyin Olagunju

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