End Sars protests: The Nigerian women leading the fight for change

By Azeezat Olaoluwa
Women's Affairs Reporter, West Africa

Publishedduration55 minutes agoshareSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightRinu Odualaimage captionRinu Oduala is on the panel of a judicial inquiry in Lagos looking into police abuse

Rinu Oduala is 22 years old and outspoken – Nigeria's government feels so threatened by her that her bank account has been frozen.

She was among tens of thousands of young Nigerians, including many women, who made history with the protests that swept the country in October against police brutality.

Ms Oduala was one of the first to take to the streets after a video went viral of a man allegedly being killed by the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), sparking what became known as the EndSars demonstrations.

She set up camp outside the Lagos governor's office on 7 October, demanding the police unit be disbanded.

As a media strategist, she knew how to rally people on social media to join her – organising blankets for people who ended up sleeping outside the state government buildings for 72 hours before police attacked them.

With her 172,000 Twitter followers, she is one of several women who have shaken the Nigerian establishment to its core over the last six weeks. Her EndSars activism saw her Twitter account get the blue verified badge.

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