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#EndSARS activist, DJ Switch, gets American fellowship

By Olayinka Oyegbile 

OBIANUJU Catherine Udeh aka DJ Switch, the disc jockey who was at the centre of the #EndSARS protest of October 20, last year, has been awarded the prestigious Reagan-Fascell Fellowship for Democracy.

The Fellowship named after former America President Ronald Reagan is awarded to pro-democracy activists around the world.

The celebrity disc jockey is reputed to have, through her social media handles and consistent activism, exposed the truth behind the controversial shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in last October.

Her social media real-time reportage help put a lie to some of the claims by both the Lagos State government and the Nigerian Army on the circumstances that led to the shooting of the youthful protesters, armed with only the national flag and singing the national anthem at the time of the shooting.

In the face of threat to her life, she had managed toe scape from the country.

With the scholarship, DJ Switch is to spend Spring 2021 at the National Endowment for Democracy.

In a statement on the NED website, DJ Switch was described as “a Nigerian disk jockey, musician, and creative producer who has utilised her platform to increase public awareness of violence against peaceful protesters in the #EndSARS movement.

“In June 2020, she launched the social media campaign #RenovateNigeria on Instagram to call attention to the National Assembly’s misplaced budget priorities and corrupt practices.  

“Most recently, she was named “Culture Icon” of the year 2020 by Nigerian website YNaija, and was featured in Time magazine for her participation in the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria. She intends to use the fellowship to develop creative social media content to engage citizens in advocating for human rights and democracy in Nigeria, and to build an organization around #RenovateNigeria to hold trainings on democracy and human rights at the grassroots level.” 

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