The End SARS protest was a memorable period for Nigerians all over the world. The shootings at the Lekki toll gate left many Nigerians in shock. This feeling has led artists to create songs to express their emotions and honor those who lost their lives in the protest.
The most recent is a sorrowful ballad by 22-year-old rising Nigerian singer, Efe Oraka titled Live Rounds In the Dark to commemorate the unfortunate events of the 20th of October 2020 also known as ‘Black Tuesday’.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, Efe Oraka says: “I’m a singer and instrumentalist who strongly believes in utilizing my platform to create art that connects with people and enriches their experiences by driving critical narratives that initiate as well as propagate social justice and the EndSars protest holds such significance. I remember feeling so distressed and having recurrent flashbacks, I knew I had to do something to release the distress.”
The video of the song which was released on the 20th of October 2021, has the singer soloing in deep emotions with tenor and soprano tunes as she talks about the killings at the Lekki toll gate, the injustices, and ill practices in the country as she voicing her pains in soulful lyrics: “Everybody sinking where do we run… I see fire, every time I wake, got a feeling that I just can’t take”
Live Rounds In The Dark not only succinctly and poetically paints a picture of what we all lost in the fire but has the power to reignite the spirit of young Nigerians and lead them from a place of collective grief to collective healing.
Listen to it here: