Fans of Nigerian beauty and lifestyle vlogger Ronke Raji have accused her of prioritizing her Instagram aesthetic while showing support for the #EndSARS movement in a recent post.
On Saturday October 10, the Youtuber, joined thousands of Nigerians to by calling for the end of the rogue tactical police unit on Instagram but sparked backlash when she added a fashionable photo of herself posing with a bicycle.
The #EndSARS movement is in light with ongoing protests in Nigeria and around the world, highlighting the fight against police brutality, extortion and extra-judicial killings carried out by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives.
“I’ve always loved riding bikes since I was younger, It’s one of the things I knew I had to get immediately we got our own place. Riding bikes are a lot like life you either know how to ride it or you don’t. Along the journey of life we will get scrapes and bruises from different places but once you learn to ride things become easier,” she wrote. “Being in a positive mind space helps you go through the pitfalls in life so much easier. Spending time doing activities you love even as you are home really improves your mood. As we approach world mental health day I hope this is a reminder that no matter what, you can always pull through. Stay positive, I believe in you.
She then added, “Right now in Nigeria SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) is needs to be under investigation because of the brutality to civilians. This has been going on for as long as I lived there please be aware and let’s band together for a change in this current climate.”
Yet, the mother of one failed to impress social media users after she posted the stylish photo, which were edited to have a brown filter to match her current Instagram aesthetic. Her post went viral on Twitter with many accusing her of prioritizing her Instagram aesthetic and for not being passive about the movement.
During the Black Lives Matter protests, the creative entrepreneur was active in speaking out about racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.
See few reactions below:
Dear Ronke Raji, #EndSARS is not a footnote.
It is the most important conversation at the moment.
Being Nigerian is not an aesthetic that you can use and dump as you please.
Fuck your bicycle. pic.twitter.com/dpWroog05O
— Excel! 🇳🇬 (@ExcelJoab) October 11, 2020
Ronke Raji said “P.S – they’re killing people in Nigeria xoxo.” pic.twitter.com/QzehovFegC
— spending (@dipo_os) October 11, 2020
We are canceling Ronke Raji right? Unsubscribing and unfollowing ?
— Phareedah! (@Pharee_Musty) October 11, 2020
Jackie Aina , Ronke Raji are all mad
Aesthetically Nigerians when it pleases them
— Thugnificent says #EndSARS (@_Adatheebaddie) October 11, 2020
If it’s to wear Ankara and dashiki for Tik Tok challenge, that’s where you’ll see Ronke raji and Jackie aina.
— trusss mi daddyyy 🌹 (@Rachel__OT) October 11, 2020
Y’all dragging ronke raji what has your queen Jackie aina said or done ? During BLM she was calling this and that now she’s mute
— BigDaddyB💸 (@bennie_tawo) October 11, 2020
I didn't know about Ronke Raji to begin with. She's cancelled
— AUNTY ADA (@Auntyadaa) October 11, 2020
You guys are making Ronke Raji feel like she’s Chimamanda Adiche, she’s not even that important. Move abeg
— Loladè (@Lolade4PF) October 11, 2020
To Ronke Raji & Jackie Aina being Nigerian is an aesthetic & content for their useless YouTube videos.
I no blame them.
— Husna 👣 (@Eirness) October 11, 2020
Ronke raji’s subscribers just went from 200k to 199k in a couple of minutes and counting
I love to see it 😍
— Smallieee ✨ (@PreciousCheee) October 11, 2020
Ronke Raji says she doesn’t need to lend a voice to the pain of Nigerian young people.
BLM is worth her voice.
But not #EndSARS.
— #OurFavEndSARSDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧 (@DrOlufunmilayo) October 11, 2020
Ronke Raji has lost it pic.twitter.com/5HIv97uH1e
— blueberriessuck (@amarachio_) October 11, 2020
Dimma made an Entire Video! Went against her schedule and did an entire video on her Channel that has over 6k views in just 2 hours. Ronke Raji cannot just bring herself to retweet #EndSARS. Talking about “my platform”.
We gave you that platform. Us. Nigerians. Remember that.
— Babe'traordinaire⭐️ (@therheevo) October 11, 2020
Ronke raji was trying to keep her page “aesthetically pleasing” bc a little fist raising graphic with yellow background would disrupt the brown theme she’s been creating all her life. Opono ayerada
— #EndSars 🗡 (@drakesjaded) October 11, 2020
Lmao Ronke Raji will find out all the wrong things about her make up routines today
— Nnanyi Biggie. JP, Ph.D, OON. (@BiggieMonzie) October 11, 2020
Ronke Raji is trying to make sure her page remains aesthetically pleasing talking about bicycles with a sprinkle of #EndSARS just so we know she has spoken. So disappointing.
— bad bitch T🥵 (@Teemmmii_) October 11, 2020
Ronke Raji really said aesthetics first, lives later.
— Feyy ✨ (@Feyy__F) October 11, 2020
Since we are blasting Ronke Raji. Let go of the HIGHLIGHTER SISSSSSSSSSS! You’re looking like a fluorescent
— duns to an extent (@dunszn) October 11, 2020
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