Remember Saro-Wiwa


We are very grateful to photographer Peter Carr for these splendid pictures of the arrival of the Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa outside the International Slavery Museum a few days ago.

I think the memorial has moved on now, it was part of a three day event as part of Earth Week 2008. There was music, dance and talks. Sad to say I missed them all, can’t be everywhere.

Created by artist Sokari Douglas-Camp CBE, the spectacular Living Memorial – a 12ft high and 18ft long Nigerian steel Bus, is carved with a direct quotation from Ken Saro-Wiwa. The quotation ‘I ACCUSE THE OIL COMPANIES OF PRACTISING GENOCIDE AGAINST THE OGONI’ is accompanied by the names of Saro-Wiwa and his eight colleagues who were executed on 10 November 1995 following their campaign to stop the environmental devastation of the Ogoni area of the Niger Delta in Nigeria by multinational oil companies, particularly Shell and Chevron.




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