Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Women of #OccupyNigeria

Waka music singer Salawa Abeni joined voices with the people at the Gani Fawehinmi Park on Tuesday. Beside her is Joe-Okei Odumakin, a fiery civil society leader who in her own right has become a rallying point for the masses.
 The OccupyNigeria protests have continued into the second day and my attention has been drawn to the role of women in the demonstrations. They have played big roles as much as men in the struggle against tyranny against the Nigerian people by their government. Here are a few of the women I captured during these protests.

Journalist Lolade Sowoolu tweets on her mobile phone during protests at the Gani Fawehinmi Park

Star actress Bimbo Akintola showed up at the OccupyNigeria protests in Ojota to denounce the government

Activist Chioma Ogwuegbu displays her Nigeria colours at the OccupyNigeria protests in Ojota

This young lady joined the protests against fuel subsidy removal at Ojodu.

With a smile, this young lady asks the government to rescind its decision.


smudgeon said...

We hear a lot about the New York occupy movement, but not a lot about Lagos. I hope it helps to make a difference! Great topic for a post.

smudgeon said...

...also, I like how the lovely girl in the last photo is still smiling :) come on government, how can you say no to a smile like that?

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Nique said...

Great photos. I am currently writing an article on women and protests in Nigeria and would love to use some of your photos for my article.