Three years ago, Nigerian youths trooped to the streets in one accord. Their voices many, their demands the same- End SARS. For days on end, the streets of Lagos and other metropolitan cities felt the angry march of the youths, with simultaneous protests occurring in and outside the country. Come rain, come sunshine, demanding that their voices be heard. When those voices failed them, parched from the burning sun, they tuned to music to amplify their grievances. This paper highlights the role of music in the growth, continuity, and eventual outcome of the 2020 End Sars Protest. It draws a connection between protest music and the international boom of Afrobeats, on the one hand, and its resultant effect on intellectual rights protection and the awakening of a copyright consciousness among Nigerian artists in an erstwhile lax infringement-enforcement culture on the other hand.
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UNILAG Law Review, (2023) Volume 6 Edition 1.