Beyoncé, Rihanna and Burna Boy voice support for #EndSARS protests in Nigeria

Burna Boy © Michelle Helena Janssen
Burna Boy © Michelle Helena Janssen

A number of artists have voiced their support for the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria.

Yesterday evening (20 October), video footage surfaced on social media, appearing to show the Nigerian army opening fire on peaceful, unarmed #EndSARS protestors at Lagos’ Lekki toll gate. The state governor said about 25 people have been wounded, and one protestor is dead. A 24-hour curfew has since been imposed.

Several artists have used their online platforms to throw their support behind the protestors, and to condemn the army’s use of violence. In an Instagram post, Beyoncé wrote: “I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. There has to be an end to SARS. We have been working on partnerships with youth organisations to support those protesting for change. We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food, and shelter. To our Nigerian sisters and brothers, we stand with you. Please visit for a list of organisations to show your support.”


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Rihanna wrote on her Instagram story: “I can’t bear to see this torture and brutalisation that is continuing to affect nations across our planet. ‘It is such a betrayal to the citizens, the very people put in place to protect are the ones we are most afraid of being murdered by. My heart is broken for Nigeria. It is unbearable to watch.”

In a now-deleted tweet, former Crack Magazine cover star Burna Boy said, “I am in London and I’m doing my best to make sure sanctions are imposed against Nigerian government officials. I need all citizens of all European countries, America, Asia, EVERYWHERE, to please do the same. THEY MUST ALL PAY!!” [sic]