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World Why Nigerian protesters are upset with Beyoncé

18:31  22 october  2020
18:31  22 october  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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Rihanna, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj are among the many celebrities who have come out to support protests against police brutality in Nigeria. But protesters hit out when Beyoncé spoke up. Why?

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: The protests started to demand the end to Nigerian police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) © Reuters The protests started to demand the end to Nigerian police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars)

Protesters against police brutality say that on Tuesday night in Lagos men in army fatigues closed in on them and shot at them while they sang the national anthem, something the army denies as "fake news".

The irony a chord across the world. South African comedian Trevor Noah said: "Just like we've seen in the US, the police in Nigeria are responding to protests about police brutality with more police brutality.

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A host of international A-list of celebrities showed their support for protesters.

Rihanna shared a picture on Instagram of a blood-soaked Nigerian flag.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CGlVD0eHZEG/

Nikki Minaj talked directly to protesters in her tweet in solidarity, saying: "Your voice is being heard".

https://twitter.com/NICKIMINAJ/status/1318699082840371200

And then Beyoncé's statement came.

Through her charity, BeyGood, she said: "I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria... we are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter."

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https://twitter.com/BeyGood/status/1318794128566542336

This did not go down well.

"Who told Beyoncé that we are hungry?" commented digital entrepreneur Papi Jay.

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That sentiment was echoed by skincare vendor Mercy Ehimare. "Can somebody tell this woman we are not hungry??????? We need support to fight for our existence," she replied.

https://twitter.com/MercyEhimare1/status/1318830905163657216

Tweeters were offended that Beyoncé appeared to assume they were poor.

That certainly wasn't how the Nigerian press described the people who started the protests online.

They opted instead to refer to them as "social media influencers".

In the early days of the protests, the BBC's Nduka Orjinmo described the people marching on the streets as "mostly comfortably-off young people, some with dyed hair, pierced noses and tattooed bodies".

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  Lagos at standstill as Nigeria protests spiral Nigerian protesters paralysed Africa's biggest city Lagos on Monday, blocking the airport as widespread demonstrations sparked by police brutality spiralled. Footage seen by AFP showed hundreds of mainly young protesters waving flags and placards as they marched outside the international departures terminal in the economic hub. The wave of demonstrations began some 10 days ago when crowds took to the streets over abuses by the police's loathedFootage seen by AFP showed hundreds of mainly young protesters waving flags and placards as they marched outside the international departures terminal in the economic hub.

BBC Nigeria correspondent Mayeni Jones notes that, while now she is now seeing a more socially mixed crowd at protests in Lagos, the people who started the protests online were "middle-class kids".

They were people like media strategist Rinu Oduala, who had persuaded other protesters to spend the night outside government house in Lagos on 7 October.

What's more, is that they had already raised funds among themselves to cover the costs of the protest, writes Nigerian author Naomi Ndifon, in Black Women Radicals.

So at this point, the protesters only really wanted their message against police brutality amplified.

Beyoncé has more than 15 million followers on her personal Twitter account - a tweet from that account would reach a lot of people.

But they were left frustrated, says a commenter on Beyoncé's post dor_gd, who points out that she only supported protesters on her charity account.

https://twitter.com/dor_gd/status/1318832922087051264

Critics also said Beyoncé turned up late to the protests.

https://twitter.com/Kellyceeee/status/1318806624887242753

The protests had started weeks before and she was in the second wave of celebrities showing their support.

People like Star Wars actor John Boyega, Arsenal footballer Mesut Özil and rapper Kanye West had tweeted their support more than a week before her.

https://twitter.com/JohnBoyega/status/1314514836563394560

https://twitter.com/MesutOzil1088/status/1315239610440589312

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/1315775959463653377

By the time she tweeted, the peaceful protests had already turned bloody.

#EndSARS: How Nigerians harness social media against police abuse .
Activists use online platforms to raise awareness and coordinate protests, as well as connect with volunteers.This was far from the first time Nigerians had made such a demand. It was, however, by far, the first time their calls garnered such widespread support and international media coverage – thanks, largely, to the prominent role of social media in spreading the word.

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