In 2019, Nigerians on Twitter sent over 1M tweets a day. During the peak of #EndSARS Nigerians sent over 10x this amount rallying around the hashtag.
(Source: @Brandwatch) Conversations on the ongoing protests against SARS in Nigeria have already received 48M mentions as of 14th October.
Mentions expose the plight of brutality experienced by Nigerian youth at the hand of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), urging youth in Nigeria to continue with the protests.
Conversations on #EndSARS started in December of 2017, with the first tweet uploaded by @mzNkemjoy. Following that, it has ebbed and flowed but never with the sort of public outcry like in October 2020.
We analyzed the ongoing protests by Nigerian youth against the SARS police force from October 05 2020 - October 14 2020. The conversation has since gone global with notable influential people from the US, mainly in the Entertainment scene have joined in the online protests in support of the cause.
The hashtag has a total of 48 Million mentions with 5 million unique authors contributing to the trending hashtags: #EndSARSNow with other supporting hashtags used to communicate the protests such as #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria and #EndSARS
There were more male authors contributing to the online conversation than female authors.
A summary of the authors in the tweets of our query shows there were a total of 10,467 female authors and 20,883 Male authors contributing to the conversation
Volume of mentions from the 6th October accounted for a total of 73,463 mentions.
Volume of mentions started peaking from the 9th October with 6,884,257 mentions accounted for.
Volume of mentions for the period analyzed were at an all time high on 11th October with 14,958,523 mentions accounted for.
Mentions saw a dip on the 12th October with a total of 5,318,306 accounted for.
Conversations mainly referenced the announcement from Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari who promised extensive reforms amid the ongoing protests against police brutality in the country, as reported by BBC Africa.
During this period, online updates were also being shared on the jailed protesters as well as conversations on the happenings of the protest.
Top Authors presents a list of people that are both highly talked about through retweets, replies and @mentions.
Sample tweets from influential authors contributing to the conversation on the #EndSARS protest through their individual platforms that has since gone global.
Top contributors to the conversation are mainly news outlets reporting on the protests for which news outlet Channels TV had the most mentions.
Other news sites such as Sahara Reports, BBC Africa and Vanguardngrnews also contributed to the engagement.
Conversations are mainly being disseminated through the Twitter social site which had the highest volume of mentions (15,161,299) on October 11th.
Comparing other news outlets ranks nairaland.com and gistmania.com as top sources of information in the news category with tooxclusivve.com and latestnaija.com ranking high in the blog category.
A number of hashtags have been incorporated since the beginning of the protests. The top hashtag currently in use going by the number of retweets received is the #endsars hashtag.
Additional hashtags have been used to communicate on the movement. Hashtags such as #sarsmustend, and #endswat have been used incorporated.
Use of the fist emoji is also being used to reference unity in ending police brutality.