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Burna Boy Says #EndSARS Didn’t Have Any Effect After Lives Were Lost

Burna Boy appears to be pessimistic about the EndSARS movement’s impact. In an interview, the singer expressed his doubt that the civilian protests will ever result in meaningful change.

In October 2020, young Nigerians took to the streets to protest police brutality, tagged #EndSARS calling for the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) and other police reforms.

Protesters demanded that SARS officers undergo mental evaluations and retraining before being redeployed.

The youth also demanded justice for all those who died as a result of police brutality, as well as an adequate raise in the salaries of Nigerian police officers.

Many other Nigerians took advantage of the opportunity to demand better governance from the political class.

SARS has since been defunct, but discussions about police coercion still resurface at times.

Burna Boy said he would no longer encourage young Nigerians to lose their lives in such protests.

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“My thoughts don’t matter around that. Nothing is going to change. It just is what is,” he was quoted as saying.

“I’m not going to encourage any young people to lose their lives senselessly anymore, d’you understand? When something is ready to happen, it will happen.

“I understand that now. You can’t jump into something that you don’t fully understand, even with our country. With understanding comes readiness for action.” 

Burna Boy rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut album “L.I.F.E”. In 2017, he signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the US and Warner Music Group internationally.

His third studio album, “Outside”, marked his major-label debut. In 2019, he won ‘Best International Act’ at the BET Awards and also emerged as Apple Music’s Up Next artist. His fourth album “African Giant” came in July 2019.

The project won “Album of the Year” at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards. It was also nominated for ‘Best World Music Album’ at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020. He emerged the ‘African Artiste of the Year’ at the 2020 VGMAs.

In 2021, his “Twice as Tall” album also got a nod at the 63rd Grammys, making him the first Nigerian with back-to-back Grammy nominations. At the award ceremony in March, he won his first-ever Grammy award. Meanwhile, he’s also being nominated in the 2022 edition of the Grammys.

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Charis Ebiaghian

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