Nigerian musician, David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, says he got into trouble during the #EndSARS protest after one of his albums ‘A better time’ became the anthem for the movement.
David made this known in a recent interview with Trevor Noah’s ‘The Daily Show’.
The singer said though he had not produced the music for that purpose, he is honoured to have his song representing the voice of the people.
He said he got into so much trouble that he had to travel out of the country during the period.
He said, “I did not record that song thinking that was going to happen but it’s amazing how I saw my voice being an instrument for people, it was amazing, I got into a lot of trouble, I had to actually leave the country.
“It was that bad, but it was amazing to see people come out like that and I will say this, they listened, they heard us, they might not have changed anything but they were shocked. I see a lot of young future leaders coming out in the next general elections, things are going to change.”
In October 2020, many Nigerians took to the streets to demonstrate against police brutality under the #EndSARS campaign.
The demands led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.
Meanwhile, the song ‘FEM’ had been released a few weeks to the commencement of the protest ahead of the larger album. Coincidentally, it was recognised as the anthem of the protest.
As young Nigerians poured out into the streets across the country to protest against police, the “FEM” lyrics reverberated.
At the time, a video surfaced online showing Babajide Sanwo-Olu, trying to address the protesters outside the Lagos State Government House.
The youths were seen chanting “O boy you don dey talk too much” serving as proof of their dissatisfaction with his response to their demands.
SaharaReporters, New York