The gory histrionics of the Odi massacre were memorialized in songs like Timaya’s “Dem Mama.”
Dremo, Vector, Dark Poet, Falz, and other Nigerian artists have released recordings condemning police violence, but the Lekki tollgate slaughter is one that needs to be preserved in sound. The gory histrionics of the Odi massacre were memorialized in songs like Timaya’s “Dem Mama.”
While Burna Boy was somewhat unknown at the outset of the protests due to what he later stated was his mother’s illness, he led the charge with ‘20.10.20,’ a song that recalls the time of sadness of brazen murder by the Nigerian government, which is still disputed to this day..
Chike came in second with ‘Wahala Dey,’ a more calm and emotional take on the subject, before AQ, the Headies-winning rapper, finished things off with ‘Shoot The Messenger,’ a more relaxed and emotive take on the subject.