Bank accounts blocked, phone bugged, multiple lawsuits, being tagged by the Minister of Information and the Central Bank of Nigeria as terrorists. That’s just some of what Rinu, an activist during the EndSARS protests, has had to face recently.
How did she feel leading the protests?
“When I went for the protest I was scared. People thought I was brave, it’s a lie, I was scared. I looked up and saw that people were looking up to me for guidance. I was surprised.”
What kept her going?
At that moment what kept her going wasn’t the fear but a sense of responsibility. She said, “I told myself, ‘Now you’ve brought these people out, you have to take responsibility.’ Before fear had taken root, the sense of responsibility was in place”
Last month, I had a long conversation with Olorunrinu Oduola. And she had a lot to say. She’s popularly known online as an activist but there’s more to her and I share that in this article.