#EndSARS - A Turning Point in Nigeria's Politics?
Sparked by a video of a man allegedly being killed by a police officer that went viral at the beginning of October 2020, thousands of young Nigerians came out under the hashtag #EndSARS to call for the disbandment of the much-dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and an end of unaccountable governance more broadly.
Though Nigeria is no stranger to citizen-driven campaigns as signified by hashtags such as #OccupyNigeria, #BringBackOurGirls or #NotTooYoungToRun, the on the street presence, nationwide popular support and international attention for the #EndSARS movement has been unparalleled in Nigeria’s democratic era.
In the spirit of the chants of the protests "soro soke!" ("speak out!"), we invited a range of Nigerian authors to reflect on the events as they were unfolding.