13 Songs to Sustain The Protests With


Despite the fact that the End Sars protests have been going on for 5 days, we the youths refuse to back down till our demands are met. Bodies ache, money and data are expended, time is invested, the skin is broken and some lives lost but the protesters continue to feed off each other’s energies and collective desire for a better life. 

This playlist is a string of cross-generational songs that reflect our angst, hopes, and aspirations to uplift and remind us of how far we’ve not come as a nation as we march to End Sars, reform the police, and better the country. 

Fire On the Mountain – Asa

This song is a perfect mirror of the times– from military brutality to sexual assault and greed and contains a prophecy of the day when the proverbial river  Asa sang of will overflow. That day has come but we are the waves of the river and cannot be submerged. 

Chop Elbow – PrettyBoy D-O

Prettyboy D-O, like most other youths, has been present at the front of what is a war against generations of bad governance. But before that, he had already scripted a listicle-like anthem that encapsulates everything our generation faces which should be given the elbow. And boy is the list extensive, from SARS to African fathers and network operators, it has everything. 

Beasts of No Nation – Fela

If you attempted to talk about all the problems of Nigeria, your mouth would most likely disembark from the mission and leave you. That’s probably why Fela’s songs are so long. 

To this song and his several other politically tinged musical diatribes, you can ponder on the problems of the nation and the recurrent and relatable heartlessness of the leaders while marching and marching because this uprising has brought out the beasts in us. 

Monsters You Made – Burna Boy

That’s the tweet, now retweet and rage aggressively because we are literally the monsters created from years of oppression. We are also the voice of Ama Ata Aidoo, the Ghanian author whose interview was sampled at the end of the song as she replies; ‘over where?’ 

Barawo – Ajebo Hustlers

Ajebo Hustlers made an irresistible anthem off events that could give any Nigerian youth PTSD. It’s a lot of things about the song, and then it’s the very touche ‘this country na wa.’ 

Jaga Jaga –  Eedris Abdulkareem

We were kids when this song was a hit but from then till now, no line of the song has become a miss as every jaga jaga thing Eedris sang of still obtains till now. 

E Dey Pain Me Gaga – Original Stereoman

Soro soke, abi e no dey pain you? That’s the point where we’re all at. We’ve had enough of the extortion, oppression, and killings and we’re speaking up. 

Mr. President – African China

If you be protester, protest well well because all the things African China sang about here are still pain points for the average Nigerian, right down to the police intimidating the people. And guess what? This song is a decade and four years old. 

Koroba – Tiwa Savage

No, Koroba isn’t a song for the house parties and Instagram vanity videos alone. If you really listen, you’ll hear Tiwa Savage condemning the public funds- guzzling politicians and the average Nigerian that only condemns societal ills when it suits them. That used to be a collective sub, but now we’re carrying our ‘somtin’ and fighting for our rights. 

Life’s Gone Down Low – Lijadu Sisters

We were born into a lawless, structureless country where things keep going from bad to worse. While this song might sound anticlimactic, the chorus has all of that wistful energy we need to remind ourselves of how terrible things are, while simultaneously telling us to keep the faith as we fight against oppression. 

Triumphant – Olamide Feat. Bella Shmurda

‘Triumphant’ is Olamide’s story on how he rose out of the oppression of poverty only to not have his parents with him. The record is soused with belly-deep vocals from Bella Shmurda to produce an anthem that we- the written off generation, will manifest as we march against police brutality.

Bonus Pick: 

Mr. Money – Asake

Simply put, this song is an energy capsule and we definitely need as much of that as we can get. It goes ‘me I no dey cap, me I no dey form, my energy is high, what the fuck?’ We are now showing up as the generation that doesn’t cap as we relentlessly sustain the protests.

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