A day ago, 81 people were killed in Benue by Fulani herdsmen. This is the latest in a string of attacks by the terrorist group who have killed hundred of innocent people over the last couple of months. Over the past week the murder of three innocent black men by police in America has sparked #BlackLivesMatter protests to spring up all across the country in response to the incessant killing of unarmed black men. While we are yet to see Nigerians come out and protest the for the hundreds of innocent people being killed by the Fulani herdsmen, -to be honest the only thing we’ve seen Nigerians come out en masse to protest is a hike in fuel price-, we can feel a turn in tide. In preparation for that we’ve come up with a style survival guide to help you survive a protest.
DITCH THE MAKE UP
Some people reading are thinking this doesn’t have to be said, but you’ll be surprised. For those who aren’t convinced, think of how many damaging chemicals are in your makeup, if you get hit with teargas, or worse hosed down, your mascara running into your eyes will be the least of your problems.
KEEP THE JEWELLERY AT HOME
Necklaces, earrings, wrist bands, all the things that droop and dangle can go from accessory to liability when things get hairy. Avoid any body jewellery that can get snagged on in case of a sudden stampede. They might end up pulling you down which could lead to serious bodily harm.
LEAVE THE CAMO TO THE PO-PO
Don’t wear camouflage or any military inspired gear. We know that seems like the most fitting thing in your wardrobe to wear to a protest, but you’ll only end up doing frog jumps from one end of the road to another at the closest army barracks. Plus who knows your fellow protesters might mistake you for a cop, and you sure as hell don’t want that.
Get comfortable but sturdy shoes, don’t go in sandals or slippers you’ll leave the protest in bare feet.
A thick scarf will offer you some minutes of protection in case the crowd gets hit with teargas. It’s also useful to protect your face from being caught by NTA cameras -if they even make it there- and get portrayed as a law breaker
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Plain, practical clothes that you can easily dispose of are the way to go. Jeans and an old t-shirt are your most likely choice. Avoid graphic tees with statement like “Fuck the police” emblazoned on it, your presence at the protests says that already.