Many Nigerian celebrities either in movies or music, have over the years, used their star power and platforms to fight for causes in the interest of the general public. Taking into consideration, the fact that October, the month in which Nigeria gained her independence is still on, Beyond Boders brings you five notable Nigerian celebrities who have always been human rights activists;
- Mr Macaroni
This comic skit maker, actor and activist, whose real name is Adebowale “Debo” Adedayo, is known for being politically active and was among the celebrities who led the #EndSARS protest. He has spoken out about the need for change and the importance of using one’s voice to speak out against oppression.
Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name Falz, is a rapper, actor, songwriter, lawyer, and unapologetic activist. He has used his music to tackle corruption, bad governance, police brutality, and other social issues. He was also one of the celebrities who kicked off the October 2020 #EndSARS protest.
- Eedris Abdulkareem
Eedris is a veteran musician who has used his music to express his displeasure with the bad governance and immoral attitudes of some citizens in Nigeria. In 2004, he released the song “Jaga Jaga,” which described the corruption, hardship, and bad politics in Nigeria. He has also released other songs on social issues such as the killings in Southern Kaduna and rape.
- Charly Boy
Popularly known as Charly Boy, Charles Oputa is one of Nigeria’s disputable entertainers, best known for his uncommon lifestyle and political views. He has always been the mouthpiece for the masses as he has fought for the weak and the average Nigerians on several occasions. Also, he has been tortured by the Nigeria Police and the military for standing up to the Nigerian government.
- Seun Kuti
Seun is not new to fighting for change and advocating good governance, as he comes from a long line of activists. Being a child to late musician and activist, Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti, he has decided to take up his family’s legacy.
It is pertinent to note that not all Nigerian celebrities are involved in activism. Some may choose to focus on their careers or personal lives. However, those who do choose to speak out are playing an important role in shaping the future of their country.