Sórósoke Downtown: Adene Eromosole: Sorosoke Soldier

With the current atmosphere in Nigeria being one of nationalism and reflection, it is important to remember that while we celebrate Democracy Day, we must also conduct an audit of ourselves and our dear country to take note of long-overdue changes.

DOWNTOWN’S Chisom Njoku caught up with one of the leading voices during the #EndSARS protests Adene Eromosele popularly known as “Eromz” who gained notoriety after security operatives arrested him when the protests ended and pleas from his friends and family demanding his release went viral.

He talks about life after #EndSARS and shares his thoughts on democracy.

Tell us everything we need to know about Eromosele

My name is Adene Eromosele but I am popularly known as Eromz. I am a 28 year old man from Edo state that is passionate about youth development and nation-building. I am a visionary, pacesetter, and goal-getter. But beyond all this seriousness is a guy who likes to be happy and makes everyone around him feel safe and happy.

I make music, I write songs, and have made some jingles that are very popular in Nigeria and West Africa.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I always wanted to help people. Growing up, I wanted to be a Musician and a Businessman but had to look for ways to ensure I helped people through my career which is why I have Belleful Naija, a CSR of one of my companies and I preach the message of hope and nation-building with my music.

How did you transition from artistry to activism?

Being an artist has always been about putting thoughts and feelings into words, making people happy. In the same vein, activism does the same thing. Nigerians are happy people. You don’t need to do a lot to make them happy. I simply am advocating for the happiness of Nigerians. So there really isn’t any switch. Music and activism are 2 sides of the same coin.

What has life been for you since the #EndSARS protests?

Sincerely, life has been crazy and revealing. It has revealed who we are as a people and as individuals. It has shown our principles. It has been very revealing.

June 12 every year is Democracy Day, do you think it is worth celebrating?

Definitely. Democracy is hinged on freedom. Although we may not have come to the full understanding of democracy as a people, we are on the path to greatness and I am glad that we will achieve the dreams of our founding fathers and mothers.

Can you describe what an ideal democracy is to you?

Democracy comes from two Greek words, demos meaning people, and Kratos meaning power. In simple terms, democracy is power that comes from the people. Until the people wake up and wield the power that is inherent in them, democracy is not yet achieved. That is why we say SoroSoke.

What are your thoughts on the Twitter ban by the federal government?

The ban is rather unfortunate. It is just another case of cutting the head to treat a headache.

How much has the ban affected you?

I am more concerned about how it has affected people who use it as an e-commerce platform; where persons who go missing are found through community policing, crowdfunding for academic and health issues, amidst other pressing issues.

Would you ever consider leaving Nigeria?

This is my fatherland. I have no other place to call mine.

In your opinion, how do you feel about the government’s priorities vis a vis their response rate to some things versus others?

As you said, it’s all about priorities. Our value system as a people has been marred for a long time and these are just signs of deeper issues. Value.

Do you see yourself running for political office in the future?

Now, I don’t think so. But the future is pregnant with possibilities that our minds can’t fathom. Right now, I am a solution provider and a nation builder. I am actively working to link the tech folks with the grassroots folks. There has to be a nationwide sensitization and involvement from all of us. From the cities to the ghettos, from the highrise buildings to the slums, from the owners of the gadget to the gong bearers (aka town criers). In a few weeks from now, you will have a clearer understanding of what I am talking about and why I call myself a solution provider.

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