Arise O’ Compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey, to serve our fatherland, with love, strength, and faith the labour of our hero’s past shall never be in vain. As Nigerians pick up the pieces of what is one of their gloomiest times ever, here is a rundown of the week:
Tiwa Savage and Beyonce may not have the best of relationships from these present times. Now, we all know Beyonce is passionate about Africa, in fact, the Yoruba culture, giving Nigerians even more reason to love her. Following up with the #EndSARS protests, Tiwa Savage called on her via Instagram to use her platform “to elevate and to show the world that Black is King and how beautiful Afrobeat and Africa our culture is.” This did not go down well with Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s mother, who opined that she would have reached out privately. What do you think?
Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, has endorsed same-sex civil unions, thereby making him the first pontiff to do so in a landmark move that has been welcomed with mixed reactions. The pope’s endorsement came midway through a feature-length documentary titled “Francesco”. He said, “Homosexual people…are children of God and have a right to a family…Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.” The documentary features fresh interviews with the pope, delves into issues Francis cares about most.
Prince Harry has revealed he did not know unconscious bias existed until his marriage to American actress, Meghan Markle. Harry admitted his “upbringing and education” did not prepare him to understand the issue. Harry said, “I had no idea it existed. And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realise it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife’s shoes.” Since their marriage, Markle has been the subject of mockery and this has been heavily influenced by her skin colour. And if we are being honest, we agree with Harry.
Following the conversation on reclaiming his Masters, rapper and fashion mogul Kanye West has said that he plans to buy Universal Music Group, a $33 billion organisation. Recall that in September, Kanye West compared the music industry to a modern-day slave ship based on the fact that many artists are being exploited and “enslaved” by the record labels they signed contracts with. He also vowed not to release new music until he is free from his contract with Sony and Universal. However, in his interview with Rogan, West said he is not at war with the industry but stressed that there is a need to innovate.
The protest against police brutality has spread outside Nigeria with many international celebrities demanding that the Nigerian government put an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), police brutality, and bad governance.
In the course of this, Celebrities such as Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Cardi B, John Boyega, have lent their support. Gabriella Wilson, professionally known as H.E.R, an American singer and songwriter, took hers a notch higher when, as she performed her latest single “Hold On”. While performing the deeply moving track, members of her band wore dark shirts with #EndSARS written across the front. “Hold On” is the message, “Hold On” we must.