The 20th of October, 2020 has been registered as a date never to be forgotten by the still-hurting Nigerians. It’s been over a week since one of the gravest crimes against the Nigerian people which saw the inhumane massacre of protesting Nigerian youths and the saddest part of it all is the negligence on the parts of the government, with no one willing to take responsibility for it. Amazingly, young Nigerians are making sure that last Tuesday is etched into the memories of the entire world. During the week, the Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu admitted for the first time in an interview with CNN that judging from the footage gathered from the scene, it appeared that armed forces were responsible for the shooting.
Over the past week, we have listened to countless expressions of aggravations and perplexities through the arts as many Nigerian artistes have unapologetically launched out with music and art expressing their displeasure and disgust in line with the situation. Just recently, international export, Burns Boy has extended his grievances with the release of a new offering titled “20.10.20” which he released on the 30th of October, approximately 10 days since the #Lekkimassacre. The music art which strongly depicts the shedding blood is a clear representation of the content wherewith is entailed in the song. A few days ago, he was on the BET stage with Chris Martins delivering a moving performance of “Monsters You Made” which was dedicated to the victims of police brutality and now he has released a timely tribute to the fallen heroes who were killed in their agitation for a better Nigeria.
The buzzing artiste recently released a new studio album titled ‘Twice As Tall‘, with the album still basking, exploding different playlist and music charts Burna Boy releases this emotional record “20.10.20“. Produced by the Elements, “20.10.20” boasts an understated groove that bolsters the way Burna Boy’s vocals simmer with sorrow and rage as he rails against the violence and demands justice. It’s hard to listen to this song without getting overwhelmingly emotional. The youths demand for justice.
In a statement, Burna said: “The proceeds of this song will be used to support families of victims and people suffering affliction as a result of the Lekki shootings. May the heavens open and celebrate all our fallen heroes who have died for this movement from the very beginning. Rest in peace to all the beautiful lives lost.”