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Xenophobic Violence on the Rise in South Africa, Nigerians Fight Back

Nigerians living in South Africa are voicing concern over rising violence against Nigerians and other African nationals in the country's capital.

The destructive consequences of nationalism and xenophobia are being felt throughout the world.


In recent days, Nigerians living in South Africa have voiced concern over rising violence against Nigerians and other African nationals in the country's capital, Pretoria.

Emeka Ezinteje Collins of the Nigerian Union of South Africa (NUSA) told Al Jazeera on Tuesday, that "homes and shops of Nigerians were targeted and looted in the events of the past few days."

The recent attacks come just weeks after it was reported that Nigerian-owned properties—which some alleged were being used for drug dealing and trafficking—were torched in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosetenville.

Xenophobic violence in South Africa, has risen as a result of wide-spread unemployment in the country. Many citizens feel as though foreigners are taking their jobs and increasing crime in their neighborhoods.

The Nigerian government has stepped in, asking the South African government to take action in order to protect foreign nationals. "The South African government must take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerians and other African nationals," said Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Nigerian president's advisor on foreign affairs.

She also urged the African Union to get involved, claiming that in the past two years "about 116 Nigerians have been killed, including 20 last year." However, there is no official verification of the number of deaths that have occurred as a result of such attacks.

Now, BBC news reports that Nigerian demonstrators have gathered outside of the South African embassy in Abuja to urge authorities to take action against anti-immigrant violence.

 

 

 

 

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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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