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NAIROBI, KENYA - JUNE 08: Kenyans protest against police brutality and extradition killings in the informal settlement Mathare on June 8, 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. Some of the placards show names of family members, friends and neighbours from the community that have been killed by the police during the last few years.

‘Enough is Enough’: Kenyans take to the streets to protest against police brutality

"I am here to protest for our youth who have died in the hands of the police without any wrongdoings and we are saying enough is enough."

A rural Kenyan neighbourhood was packed with protesters on Monday in light of a recently released report detailing the police brutality that came with the enforcing of COVID-19 related lockdowns.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) announced that it has received 87 complaints of abuse from Kenyan citizens by law enforcement. The spike of police violence is said to have been influenced by the dusk-to-dawn curfew which came into play from March 27th.


According to the report released by IPOA, 15 people were killed, and "31 incidents where victims sustained injuries" which were "directly linked to actions of police officers during the curfew enforcement."

Rahma Wako, a mother and resident of the Kenyan neighbourhood Mathare, said, "I am here to protest for our youth who have died in the hands of the police without any wrongdoings and we are saying enough is enough."

The Kenyan protesters are certainly with the times as is seen with the current global and societal climate. On May 25th, the murder of unarmed African-American man George Floyd sparked global protest, as many have felt empowered to take on their own perpetrators in the recent wave of global unrest.

Many African countries have been up in arms as law enforcers have violently, and sometimes fatally, enforced lockdown rules in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been cases of excessive force and unnecessary brutality, and many African nationals have taken to the streets to demand justice be served against the authoritative figures brought in to protect them.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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