On the night of October 16, last Friday, #EndSARS protesters gathered to honour the memories of all the young Nigerians killed by the dissolved police unit Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). There were candlelight processions and singing.
The memorial night, dubbed #FestivalOfLights, was held in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Bayelsa State. It is another testament to the organisation of these leaderless protests, and even more to its humanity.
Here are videos.
— Nigeria Stories (@NigeriaStories) October 17, 2020
— Love & Light 👑❤💡 #Endsars✊🏿🇳🇬 (@ConnyKinq) October 16, 2020
Isn't this beautiful? 😍
— CONNECT IBADAN (@connectIBADAN) October 17, 2020
Tonight we pay tribute. To all the innocents who have lost their lives to the dreaded men of SARS. we will never forget. #ENDSARS ✊🏿@HausOfZara @Vidi_LaVida @theLuluEvongM @ChiomaChuka @AndyMadaki #FestivalOfLights #NeverForget @CNN @StephanieBusari @NewsWireNGR pic.twitter.com/lSaTDdOWj7
— Eddie Madaki (@EddieMadaki) October 16, 2020
— habi (@habeelz) October 17, 2020
— The_Toluwalase (@Toluwalicious) October 16, 2020
— OG (@itsPETERCLARKE) October 16, 2020
— Misty.Neon (@Precious_Yeesuf) October 17, 2020
— Jessica Lee Of Lagos (@royaldivalee) October 16, 2020
Eternal rest grant to them o lord… Let your light shine upon the.. may the souls of the faithful Departed rest in peace.
🕯️#FestivalOfLights #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/ek5CGhK6zG
— tessy_pastries (@ronkyham) October 16, 2020
Otosirieze Obi-Young is Editor of Folio Nigeria, where he profiles innovators and facilitators in culture: art, business, entertainment, activism, health, food. He is a writer, journalist, curator, media consultant, former academic, and Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Open Country Mag, a new online platform covering African literature. In 2019, he received the inaugural The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among "The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians" by Avance Media. Find him on otosirieze.com or on Twitter & Insta: @otosirieze.