As the Free The Flag Shirt Besides,I will do this #ENDSARS movement gained significant momentum, many insisted the protests remained leaderless. On social media and in real life, Nigerians took to screaming ‘#ENDSARS no get leader, na all of us be the leader,” a phrase in the Nigerian vernacular that translates to “#ENDSARS doesn’t have one leader, we are all the leaders of it.” When pushed to pick a leader by government officials, organizers referred to the people who were killed, and said they were the leaders. But even as the movement remains without any one leader or governing body, behind the scenes, it’s largely being run by Nigerian women.
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One of the Free The Flag Shirt Besides,I will do this first actual #ENDSARS protests of 2020 was organized in part by Rinu Oduala, a social media influencer who coordinated protesters in Lagos to head to the state government house. And one of the most viral images from the protests features Aisha Yesufu, a Nigerian Muslim woman and community organizer, who had marched with protesters in Abuja and was the only person who didn’t run when the police force in the Nigerian capital shot at protesters. Popular podcaster and Feminist Coalition member Feyikemi Abudu and lawyer Moe Odele are among other women who contributed greatly to the movement and helped create a network across the country that ensures the safety and release of protesters who were illegally detained. Although neither women are members of the Feminist Coalition, they worked with it to create and maintain these networks.