Pictures from the Abuja #enoughisenough rally

In an apparent demonstration of the power of New Media – a tool which will play a prominent role as Nigeria marches towards the 2011 elections, – the March 16 rally of the youth-led Enough is Enough Coalition was followed by numerous people, regardless of location or timezone. While the rally was warming up at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the #enoughisenough hashtag made it’s way to the top (ranging from #10 to #1 at various times) of the list of topics that were most popular (trending) on twitter. See, below, pictures posted live from the rally yesterday – and some that didn’t make it alongside my tweets.

Ugo Nwosu, Tolu Ogunlesi, Chude Jideonwo, 'Gbenga Sesan (left to right) arrive Abuja for the protest march

Ugo Nwosu, Tolu Ogunlesi, Chude Jideonwo, 'Gbenga Sesan (left to right) arrive Abuja for the protest march

Policemen (and -women) meet ahead of the rally

Policemen (and -women) meet ahead of the rally

Heaven smiled when we declared an end to the culture of silence

Heaven smiled when we declared an end to the culture of silence

The protest march took off from the Eagle Square

The protest march took off from the Eagle Square

Even though all approvals were confirmed, police blocked the NASS entrance

Even though all approvals were confirmed, police blocked the NASS entrance

Col. Okere (rtd), NASS Sergeant-at-arms, joined forces with the Bankole/Mark duo

Col. Okere (rtd), NASS Sergeant-at-arms, joined forces with the Bankole/Mark duo

Youth protesters ask to gain entrance, peacefully...

Youth protesters ask to gain entrance, peacefully...

Adebola Williams, rally co-coordinator, replies Col. Okeres twisted logic of let few of you come in

Adebola Williams, rally co-coordinator, replies Col. Okere's 'twisted logic' of "let few of you come in"

Chief Dele Momodu (Ovation) respectfully asks that the gates should be thrown open

Chief Dele Momodu (Ovation) respectfully asks that the gates should be thrown open

Omawumi adds her voice to the request as she sang an impromptu song, Open Road for Us, with Felas soundtrack in the background

Omawumi sang an impromptu song, "Open Road for Us", with Fela's soundtrack in the background

Charly Boy also asked for open gates

Charly Boy also asked for open gates

No entry for us? No exit for anyone too!

No entry for us? No exit for anyone too!

Plan B worked. Numerous officials, staff and visitors couldnt drive through

Plan B worked. Numerous officials, staff and visitors couldn't drive through

The barricade came crashing and policemen beat a retreat as the protest march moved on!

The barricade came crashing and policemen beat a retreat as the protest march moved on!

Where were these policemen when Jos boiled? 3 layers of security block!

Where were these policemen when Jos boiled? 3 layers of security block!

Some of the protesters returned to the Eagle Square to debrief. This is by no means the end!

Some of the protesters returned to the Eagle Square to debrief. This is by no means the end!

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