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 a Nigerian writer, editor, journalist, and curator. As Editor of Folio Nigeria, he profiles innovators and facilitators in culture: business, art, photography, music, activism, health, food. He has extensive experience working in the African literary scene. He is currently the chair of judges for The Gerald Kraak Prize, Africa’s only award for social justice, sexuality, and gender, and he was a judge for The Morland Scholarship, Africa’s biggest grant. He was an editor at 14, Nigeria's first queer art collective, and Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. From late 2016 to early 2020, he led the transformation of the literary blog Brittle Paper to a standard platform, creating and administering The Brittle Paper Awards, the first by an African publication. His work in queer visibility advocacy has been profiled in Literary Hub. In 2019, he won the inaugural The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among "The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians" by Avance Media. He completed a collection of short stories in 2016 and his novel in 2020. He has an MA in African studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. From 2017 to 2018, he taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him on otosirieze.com or on Twitter & Insta: @otosirieze.