Burna Boy launches charity to support #EndSARS protesters

Burna Boy © Michelle Helena Janssen

Burna Boy has launched a charitable organisation in support of protestors joining the global fight seeking justice for victims of police brutality in Nigeria.

#EndSARS started as a social media movement against abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, commonly called SARS. On Friday, the #EndSARS hashtag trended number one worldwide on Twitter, particularly in the UK and the United States. Following high-profile voices like Dave, Marcus Rashford and John Boyega amplifying the cause, it moved to the streets with marches in Lagos and across Nigeria. Over the weekend, protests also took place in central London.

Over the weekend (10 October), Burna Boy shared a statement on Twitter about the movement. As well as showing solidarity with victims of abuse and highlighting the need to address unjust profiling, the superstar artist announced a sub-fund under the umbrella of his charitable organisation The Reach.

PROJECTPROTECT is “an initiative set up to provide financial, medical and legal resources during and after #ENDSARS protests.” Since launching, Burna Boy has reached out to his followers to find lawyers who may be willing to volunteer.

Find out more about PROJECTPROTECT and donate here.