It has been a busy week for Her Majesty's Government. The UK is cutting the overseas aid budget, while parliamentarians have accused Nigerian ... leaders of corruption and inaction, and threatened sanctions, while also pointing a finger at the facilitating role the UK financial services industry has played in the looting.
The latest round of protests against police brutality in Nigeria exploded in October. Although these protests were by no means the first of their ... kind or even the first time the protesters had used the hashtag #EndSARS online, the necessity of social media in bringing the youth together to fight for a common cause cannot be overstated.
The promises of a return to democracy in 1999 have not been kept. Nigerians are yet to feel truly part of the decision-making process in their ... own country, with elites and securocrats still largely in charge. The #ENDSars protests are a symptom of a larger problem.
Many social movements have taken to going online to achieve a critical mass, with Nigeria's #EndSARS being one notable example. The force of ... cultural activism along with celebrity culture can help social movements by drawing much-needed international attention to current situations. But is there a fine line between cultural activism and cultural appropriation?