Youths in many African countries through social-media and protests are revolting against social orders and systems believed to have suppressed them. These revolts have vibrant in great African countries like Nigeria, Namibia and Democratic Republic of Congo.
End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (End SARS) or #EndSARS is a social movement in Nigeria that started on Twitter calling for banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigerian Police Force, a controversial division known for police oppression and brutality. The protests started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand for the Nigerian Government to end the deployment of SARS. Within a weekend (9–11 October 2020), the #ENDSARS hashtag had up to 28 million tweets. Nigerians have shared both stories and video evidence of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion in Nigeria.
SARS officers have been alleged to profile youth based on appearance, mount illegal road blocks, stop and search, arrest without warrant, rape women, extort young Nigerians for driving exotic vehicles and using iPhones. While some claimed victory as the Nigerian Police Force dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on Sunday, 11 October 2020, others noted similar promises had been made in recent years and the government planned to reassign SARS officers rather than remove them entirely. The government has continued to violently repress protests despite the announcement.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was a branch of the Nigeria Police Force under the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID). The Police Department was founded in 1992. The squad was created as a faceless police unit that performs undercover operations against crimes associated with armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and crimes associated with firearms.
#ShutItAllDown is a wave of ongoing Gender Based Violence protests across Namibia aimed at stopping the spread of rape and killing of women. The protests which began on 6 October followed the killing of 22 year old Shannon Wasserfall whose remains were reportedly found buried in a shallow grave near Walvis Bay, 6 months after she went missing.
On 10 April 2020, 21 year old Shannon Wasserfall went missing in the coastal town of Walvis Bay. Following her disappearance, communities rallied together using social media in search of her. After 6 months of her disappearance, her father received an anonymous text message informing him that his daughter was buried in a grave kilometers away from the town. He later informed the Namibia Police who went to dig out the remains. Two days later, one woman and her boyfriend were arrested in connection to Wasserfall’s murder.
Following the revelations of the discovery of a grave, massive protests from young Namibians rang out demanding an end to rape and the killing of women in the country. Young people used the hashtag #ShutItAllDown to mobilize themselves on social media platform Twitter and took to the streets to denounce Gender Based Violence.
The events of Wasserfall’s killing lead to nationwide protests. During the protests, the Namibia police began to counter the protesters arresting 25 youths including 3 journalists who were covering the events.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is potentially one of the richest countries on earth, but colonialism, slavery and corruption have turned it into one of the poorest. It is also one of the biggest battlefields in Africa’s history, the object of a conflict that has been dubbed ”Africa’s first world war.”
With all eyes on burned-out cities in Syria and Yemen, the world knows little and seems to care even less, about the cycle of violence in the DRC.
Sensitive Graphics: A Deadly Mass Genocide is ongoing in Congo and World is silent about it!
Women raped and later killed as their children look on while waiting for their turn!💔💔
Where’s the World? Where are the Voices?
Where’s AU? #CongoIsBleeding #congogenocide pic.twitter.com/c0Co4Eg0Do
— KADOBA MOSES ~THE LAST MU’CHWEZI (@kadobamosesUG) October 17, 2020
DR. Congo is currently going through a massacre, millions of people are being annihilated for factories in the Western World to benefit from its resources. DR. Congo has the world’s largest resource of Coltan. Coltan is an essential material needed for the of electronic devices such as iPhones, Game consoles, Laptops and Aerospace.
The invasion of DR. Congo by Western countries to exploit Congo off its natural resources has led to enslaving of men, high rate of child labor and rape. It is believed that 48 women are raped every hour in DR. Congo. Millions are being displaced, killed and most of them are innocent children. To voice out the atrocities happening in DR. Congo, most of the citizens especially the youths are tweeting with the #CongoIsBleeding to draw the world’s attention and come to their aid. It is sad to know that African Union (AU) is yet to address inhumane activities in DR. Congo.
The increment of tuition fees for universities in Ghana didn’t not go down well with most tertiary students and their parents who believe it is a bad policy to increase tuition fees amidst economic crisis as a result of a COVID-19. To show their grievances, a social-media protest championed by The Concerned Students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism led by Samira Ibn Moro Mohammed, two S.R.C presidential aspirants (Ishmael Nii Lamptey & Naa Ninche) and their associates took to Twitter and other social-media platforms and trended with the #TertiaryFeesMustFall on 6th October, 2020. Even though the government of Ghana is yet to respond to their plea, a possible protest is assured.
We can not afford to pay an increment of tertiary tuition fees in this era of a pandemic, please listen to our plea😭😭😭@NAkufoAddo @konkrumah @MatthewOPrempeh @moigovgh #tertiaryfeesmustfall#tertiaryfeesmustfall#tertiaryfeesmustfall pic.twitter.com/vWtukl4Fut
— McCoy (@JeneralMcCoy) October 6, 2020
The month of October in 2020 has registered many social-media protest by the youths of Africa believing to fight system suppressing them.