21st Century Civil Protest: A Case Study of the Nigeria #EndSars Protest

Six 2021 Mandela Washington Fellows* will present on and facilitate a virtual discussion around the focus, structure and impact of Nigeria’s grassroots #EndSARS campaign, which targets a special police unit implicated in widespread human rights violations but has catalyzed a broader call for social justice among African youth across the continent. Speakers will draw parallels with the Black Lives Matter movement in order to lead students to reflect on the power, place and opportunity of civilian protests and civic engagement.  

Mandela Washington Alumni 2021 

  • Racheal Inegbedion (The Presidential Precinct) 
  • Emmanuel Samu (Rutgers University)
  • Nafissatou Traore (The Presidential Precinct)
  • Melva Uguru (Indiana University) 
  • Ebere Odika (The Presidential Precinct)
  • Victoria Aderoba (The Presidential Precinct)

The panel discussion will take place virtually in front of a live audience in the Great Hall of Garrett Hall. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Morven Programs and Presidential Precinct, and is part of Global Week at UVA

*The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. State Department with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. The Presidential Precinct is a sub-grantee of IREX and has implemented a U.S.-based Leadership Institute as a part of the Fellowship since 2014.

Garrett Hall at Sunset

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