一个 judicial panel
— set up by authorities
— has been investigating reports of police brutality and the violent crackdown on #EndSars protesters by the army
‘People are losing their lives’
Taking part in the Miss Africa Russia pageant was first driven by her desire to “break beauty stereotypes,” Udeh said.
“那时候, I wasn’t comfortable with my skin because I had a lot of acne all over my face. 所以, I wanted to prove to myself and people like me that I can break beauty stereotypes and that the flaws on my skin are part of what makes me perfect,” 她告诉CNN.
Miss Africa Russia is a beauty pageant held every year in the Russian Federation to promote African culture and empower African women living in the country.
Udeh did not win the competition
, but she was rated top in the
” category by the organizers
She says her decision to parade the stained flag was because one of the competition’s categories required contestants to walk down the runway in a dress representing Nigerian culture.
“I didn’t have access to a traditional dress, so I felt since I had access to the green and the white.. I decided to dress in green and white,” 她说.
然而, Udeh said that wearing the colors made her “非常激动,” prompting the decision to also carry the flag. “I felt like people are losing their lives every day in Nigeria … so it bothered me,” 她补充说. “I thought about the families that had to mourn the death of their loved ones.”
Udeh said that her statement was not an attempt to tarnish the country’s image.
“I did that for a good cause. We need to be safe in our country and not losing lives every day. It was just a call to the Nigerian government to address the country’s security issues,” 她说.
Nigeria has been plagued by a rise in insecurity in many parts of the country
. Dozens of security operatives have been killed by armed assailants
和 police stations razed in regions of the West African nation
. Kidnapping for ransom has escalated in northern Nigeria
, where hundreds of schoolchildren have been abducted since December
, locally known as bandits
, continue to terrorize local communities in the northwest region
, while Boko Haram have also ramped up attacks in Nigeria’s northeast
, 据说 hoisting flags in its dominant areas
Swift condemnation and praise
与此同时, Udeh’s actions prompted swift condemnation and praise across social media. Some Nigerians described her performance as unpatriotic, while others called her brave.
One Twitter user 写
: “STUPID OF THE YEAR
. You can disrespect anyone you want but DO NOT disrespect your Flag
!! That is your identity.
: “She displayed the #Endsars flag to the entire world
. Projecting Nigeria to the outside world
. Using the most powerful tool at her disposal
. She deserves some accolades.
A Nigerian-American lawyer
, Susan Henshaw
, stated that
“showing up at a contest with a desecrated Nigerian flag was nothing but a ploy to cheat her way through with sentiments.
Udeh denied that claim. “It wasn’t a way to cheat,” 她告诉CNN. “Those are people’s opinions, and it doesn’t matter to me.”
The fourth-year student says she is not deterred by the backlash she has received. “If I’m given that platform again, I would do it over and over again,” 她说.