British-Nigerian Kayode Ewumi’s Comedic Hit ‘Hood Documentary’ Gets BBC Three Debut

Internet hit “Hood Documentary,” starring Kayode Ewumi as geeky grime star MC Roll Safe, is back and giving life.

Just in case you missed the imaginary memo that updates you on what’s viral, British comedy “Hood Documentary,” popped off last year as the stuff dreams of internet stardom are made of.

Nigerian-Brit Kayode Ewumi’s webseries “Hood Documentary”—produced with homie from around the way Tyrell Williams—has a second life with new channel, BBC Three. In it, he stars as lisping grime star-wannabe MC Roll Safe or R.S. for short a.k.a. triple threat (he’s also a dancer and actor).The first of six episodes, filmed in the same style as popular mockumentary "The Office," debuted Wednesday (It'll follow that schedule thereafter).

Buzzfeed profiled the 22-year-old, who is every bit convincing as the quirky shirtless, leather jacket and Africa pendant-wearing, “Coming to AmericaEddie Murphy-look-alike.

But here’s a little bit of background: Ewumi knew he had a winner on his hands once he debuted R.S. on Vine back in summer of 2015, and then uploaded to Youtube a full episode. In less than a week, the 22-minute video quickly jumped to 100,000 views, and birthed memes and fan art. Ewumi can count Grime all-stars Stormzy and Skepta among his fans, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actor John Boyega and UK rapper Mikel Ameen as collaborators.

After completing only two episodes, Ewumi and his team put the series on hold causing his fans to meltdown. So “Hood Documentary”’s return this week is giving life.

Watch the first episode, which shows the triple threat attempting to woo a lady-love at a London bistro above. And if British humor is your shtick and grime your groove, consider checking out BBC Three’s “People Just Do Nothing.”

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.

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