How the Shujaaz Memorial Concert went down

Thousands of Kenyans attended the event that was honouring all the people who died during the Finance Bill protests

Yesterday at Uhuru Park, thousands of Kenyan youths gathered for the Shujaaz Memorial Concert to honor those who lost their lives during recent anti-government protests.

The date coincided with the 1990 Saba Saba uprising, a significant event in Kenya's history, and the concert reflected on this historical context.

The event was organized by Gen Z activists, led by Boniface Mwangi, who were motivated by the desire for a better Kenya.

Boniface Mwangi had announced the concert's date and plans on his social media, stating, "On Sunday, artists have organized a memorial concert in Uhuru Park in honor of the Kenyans who died during the protest. All relevant government departments have been informed."

The concert honored those killed during the protests as heroes and martyrs who fought for positive change.

Crosses adorned with Kenyan flags were erected to commemorate the departed, including individuals like Rex Masai.

These white crosses, bearing the names and ages of the 'fallen heroes,' were mounted on the ground.

The crowd loudly chanted the names of the deceased in response to "Viva!" while waving the Kenyan flag.

Shujaaz crosses
Image: COURTESY

A lineup of Kenyan superstars performed, providing a complete and engaging entertainment experience.

The artists included Khaligraph Jones, Fena Gitu, Bien, Juliani, Octopizzo, Sanaipei Tande, Nameless, and Eric Wainaina.

Eric Wainaina sang his famous song "Daima Mkenya," which has always been used to unite Kenyans and show patriotism.

Bien performed Sauti Sol's "Tujiangalie," a song often used during protests to criticize poor governance. Juliani also energized the stage with his famous protest song "Utawala."

Tight police security was present in Uhuru Park and Nairobi's CBD, but unlike the protests, no chaos or havoc ensued.

In a viral clip, police officers in Uhuru Park were seen distributing food and water to concert attendees.

Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah also made a notable appearance, recognized for his efforts in ensuring public participation in the Finance Bill amendment process as required by the constitution.