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Popular Rapper and music actiivist, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz has explained his motivation for joining the EndSARS protests.
The rapper who spoke to his fans in an Instagram live session Sunday, said the protests were necessary because the demands of the youths had been ignored by the leaders for over two years since it’s been online. He however said he never expected the numbers the protest will pull.
“It was something that had to be done. I felt that we were left with no choice. The #EndSARS hashtag is not new. It had been online for years and every time we complained about those things, nothing was done. So, I thought it was time to take to the streets. I had seen a tweet by Runtown saying he was going out (to protest), so I called him and told him I was interested. I put out a tweet saying that we would march on a specific date for a certain cause. We were actually expecting 50 or 100. We got out there and started marching, and by the time we got to the end of the road, thousands of people had joined. It was unbelievable. I had never seen anything like that. It really gladdens my heart how everyone came out.”
The music activism of the singer has led to speculations that he may lead a path into Nigeria politics. But he erased the possibility in the Live broadcast saying he has no intenton to go into politics and his actiivism is only for the sake of humanity.
“Going into politics has never been the plan. I have never said to myself that I would run for any (public) office. My motive for activism is just for the sake of humanity. A lot of people ask if I am going to run for any office but I don’t have any such plans. I have never registered with any political party. I just believe the ‘ordinary’ citizens need to be as motivated as I am about humanity. There is no ulterior motive. I want to see that there is a certain standard of living that the ordinary Nigerian is enjoying. I want to see that there is light, food, jobs and an enabling environment.”
Falz also explained how bagging a Law degree from the University of Reading has helped him so far in his musical career. From Talk to Child of the World to This is Nigeria, he has a reputation for infusing conscious lyrics in his songs, this wouldn’t be possible without his background in Law, he said.
“(On the skills helping me as an artiste), I would say analytical mindset because as a lawyer one has to critically analyse things. My lyrics usually have a lot of depth. I do not just make music, I make sure it has a lot of meaning.”
In October, thousands of Nigerians marched in Lagos and other cities to demand an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, a police unit accused of extrajudicial killings and abuses through the EndSARS
The government announced the unit had been disbanded, but many Nigerians are skeptical, as officials have promised an end to the unit and its alleged abuses before.