New York, New York (October 10, 2020) In a recent interview with Chicago-based Nigerian reporter Sheila O, international superstar Wizkid talked about the anti-robbery police unit—SARS— that robs and kills people in Nigeria.
The Lagosian explained that “SARS is a special unit squad that was created in the police for special anti-robbery cases and kidnapping cases. They were supposed to protect the people. That’s why they were created. But in recent times, we’ve seen something that has been a little bit continuous, like just, people brutality, and harassments of young youth back home, and even killing of young youths—back home—for no reason whatsoever.”
“We’re already dealing with pressing issues. We already have it hard. There’s no electricity, like 24-hour electricity back home. The water is bad. The government isn’t doing anything about it, and we have to still be scared for our lives. We need hope. We need things to be put in place to change the perception of Africa, and even just the daily lives of the people.”
“So, when I see things like that, especially, that if I have a platform like this, and I don’t say anything, I feel like I’m a coward, you know? Cause I have kids. I have growing kids. My son is about to be 10 in Lagos. I talk to him every day, so I only want well for my son. I want different from my kids.”
“I feel like the world needs to know what goes in Africa, what goes on in other parts of the world [because you know], they have the Black Lives Matter movement going on over there. It’s the same story back home, so I feel like the government needs to do something.”
Sheila O is a Chicago-based Nigerian reporter, disc jockey, and television personality. The clip is part of an upcoming interview set to air on Sheila O’s new television show ‘How Far with Sheila O’, which debuted yesterday on Hip TV—syndicated on 40+ channels in Africa. Sheila O is available for commentary.
Other African superstars join Wizkid in his sentiments about the movement. Davido, Tiwa Savage (recently protested), and Burna Boy have shared their thoughts on the state of affairs in Africa. Trey Songz, Lil Baby. And Vic Mensa also showed their support.
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