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Three of the most notable songs released to document the unfortunate occurrence that took place during the #EndSars protests organized in Lagos a year ago are 20 10 20 by Burna Boy, Family Meeting by Vector Tha Viper and Ozumba Mbadiwe by Reekadobanks.

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20 10 20, which was released immediately the incident occurred, is a dirge that mourns the lives lost in the protest at the Lekki Toll Gate. While Burna Boy literally recounts what went down in Lagos that night, he also highlights the failures of the government with curses and pain, while the voices of citizens are heard amid gunshots at the end of the Afrobeats dirge.

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Family Meeting is Vector’s way of mocking the claim by the government that no life was lost at the protest, with their calls at the families of the “supposed” deceased to show their faces as proofs that the tragic event happened. However, when Vector says “family meeting upon family meeting”, one’s attention is drawn to the several fruitless meetings held between the youths’ representatives and the government. There are references to “off light” to suggest how cameras were removed and lights turned down the evening before the event. Family Meeting is a Hip Hop tune which can be perfectly likened to “a candle night” dirge. The song which was released this month is a remembrance for the rapper, by the way, as the events are unforgettable.

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Ozumba Mbadiwe reiterates the “we will never forget” phrase used by many Nigerian youths to mark the memorial of the horrors of the End Sars protests of 2020. It is an Amapiano, that whose title is an allusion to “Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue”, a road along the Lekki Toll Gate. Reekado claims he has been on Ozumba Mbadiwe. This may suggest, it’s been hard for him to get over the horrors of late 2020. Perhaps he is speaking for the lost lives who will forever be “on Ozumba Mbadiwe” too.


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