In Nigeria, where street demonstrations are rare and often repressed in blood, urban, committed and ultra-connected youth choose the Web to cry out their anger against violence against women. A protest movement which wins the celebrities of the country.
#JusticeForUwa, #JusticeForJennifer, #JusticeForTina: these hashtags have been shared tens of millions of times on Nigerian social networks in recent days, in the wave of protests in the United States, after complaints of rape or murder committed against young people girls.
In northern Kaduna state, Jennifer, an 18-year-old girl, was raped in late April by five men after being trapped by her attackers on Facebook. In a video, we see the young woman’s relatives trying to make her regain consciousness by running water over her face.
“The families of the rapists will want to settle informally” by paying the opposing parties or the police, they complain. “They won't even ask how the girl is.” All they want is to keep the matter public. “.
Hundreds of thousands of Internet users
After the scandal caused by the tens of thousands of shares of this video accompanied by the hashtag #JusticeForJennifer, two of the alleged attackers were arrested “And charged with criminal conspiracy, involuntary intoxication and rape, Local police spokesman Mohammed Jalinge reports to AFP. Three other suspects remain unaccounted for. ”
The #JusticeForUwa movement, launched in particular by a blogger from the Edo state, gathered hundreds of thousands of Internet users and the federal police promised that the culprits “Should respond to justice”. Governor Godwin Obaseki, who received the family of the victim Monday morning, “Asked to be briefed minute by minute on the progress of the investigation”, spokesman Crusoe Osagie reports to AFP.
“Social networks are a tool to put institutions, the police, against the wall or to reconnect the leaders of this country with what is happening on the ground”says Segun Awosanya, head of a powerful civil society organization monitoring police violence, the Social Intervention Advocacy Foundation (SIAF).
“Once the light is on them, they can no longer pretend they don't know”, assures this human rights defender with more than 500,000 followers on Twitter. “We all see what's going on in the United States, continues the activist, nicknamed Sega the Awakener. This is an opportunity to share our suffering and our dissatisfaction. “
“We are tired of these incessant killings, trucks overturning on the roads and killing innocent people (…), little girls who are raped, young boys killed by the police, tired of seeing unemployed graduates… ”wrote Afropop diva Tiwa Sawage to his 4 million Twitter followers.
“American police kill African Americans and Nigerian police kill Nigerians, denounced Wizkid, the most popular artist in Afropop (6.5 million subscribers). Trump and Buhari [le président nigérian] are the same except that one can use Twitter and the other doesn’t. “