The Art Of A Protest: 5 Amazing Artworks That Told Nigeria’s #June12thProtest Story

Stuck in Nigeria Photo credit: @amandachinda_/Twitter. June 12th Protest

Yesterday, June 12 was traditionally marked as Democracy Day in Nigeria.

Democracy Day in Nigeria is celebrated to mark the day the military handed over power to an elected civilian government in 1999, marking the beginning of the longest continuous civilian rule since Nigeria’s independence from colonial rule in 1960.

For this year’s June 12 celebration, young Nigerians decided to take to the streets to protest a number of issues which basically underscores the failed promises given to them by their democratically elected leaders.

They were protesting against insecurity, lack of jobs and calling for the resignation of their Preisdent, Muhammadu Buhari.

Days ago, the President announced a ban of Twitter operations in the country after Twitter removed some of his tweets for breaking its community rules.

However, the President claimed he banned Twitter because it was being used to undermine the state of Nigeria.

That brought on another hashtag to the #June12thProtest and the #BuhariMustGo protest.

Using #KeepItOn, Nigerians living in Nigeria defied the President and the threats of prosecution and went ahead to send tweets.

Yesterday, when they took to the streets, they also took to Twitter to amplify their struggle.

One of the creative mediums they chose to amplify their voices was to produce artworks that captured their message.

Here are 5 of Nigeria’s #June12thProtest artworks;

The Silenced Nigerian

Photo credit: @NanaCwesi01/Twitter

2. The Anonymous In Nigeria

Photo credit: @Segun_Odunayo/Twitter

3. Silenced With Money

Photo credit: @cheedzArt/Instagram

4. Power To The People

Photo credit: @ragz2beechez/Twitter

5. Stuck In Nigeria

Photo credit: @amandachinda_/Twitter

Employing creatives are an amazing way of quickly sending out your message without saying much.


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