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This Is What Mr Eazi's New York City Concert Looked Like

In photos: Mr Eazi's special Ghana at 60 concert at New York City's Playstation Theater.

Mr Eazi is the artist connecting the sounds of Nigeria and Ghana like no one else right now.


Signed to Wizkid's Starboy label, his latest mixtape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos has him buzzing on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the fastest rising new stars of in the afrobeats scene.

The Ghanaian-based Nigerian singer and songwriter played a special special Ghana at 60 Independence concert at New York City over the weekend, his first major stop on his North American tour.

The freezing cold didn't stop fans filling the PlayStation Theater to see Mr Eazi live in action. The easy-going crooner, backed by a live band, shut the stage down and vibed with a crowd that knew his songs word for word, from "Sample You" and his newest hit, "Leg Over," to the ever romantic "Ohema."

Mr Eazi has no shame towing the line of his cultural identity, he is truly both Nigerian and Ghanaian, which was evident with a crowd mixed with folks from both countries. The singer took a moment to quell the noise around the debate by saying, "At the end of the day, we're all human beings."

Take a look at the photos of the NYC stop of Mr Eazi's tour below, courtesy of photographer Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

Mr Eazi live at Playstation Theater in NYC. Photography by Leon Williams.

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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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