In October 2020, a series of courageous mass demonstrations took place on the streets of Nigeria's largest cities. The demonstrators called for action against police brutality, especially against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) - known for a whole series of attacks and namesakes for today's famous hashtag #EndSARS.

After two weeks, the army and police opened fire against a group of peaceful demonstrators at the Lekki toll booth in the state of Lagos, using live ammunition. The number of victims is not known, but at least ten people lost their lives. After weeks of denial, the Nigerian army finally admitted to having deployed armed forces at the post, but did not disclose who had actually given the shooting order.

Sòrò Sókè (Yoruba for "pronounce louder") is a unique document that collects visual and written testimonies of Nigerian artists, photographers and activists, all of whom have witnessed a series of events on the streets of their country.
The publication in the form of a newspaper gives the women's report a tangible quality. The information they pass on is supplemented by their personal experiences, which gives the conventional "objective reporting" of the news emotional depth. Their voices reveal, both jointly and individually, the reality of the peaceful and rousing #EndSARS protests emanating from the people until the tragic events at the Lekki toll booth on the night of the 20th. October 2020.

Photographers, artists and activists from Nigeria:
Taiwo Aina, Ebun Akinbo, Nelly Atting, Grace Ekpu, Nengi Nelson, Rinu Oduala, Ayanfe Olarinde, Rachel Seidu and Etinosa Yvonne.

Concept and coordination
Bénédicte Kurzen, Ebun Akinbo.