Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

THE VOICE OF A DEAD MAN: NIGERIA PLEASE LEARN FROM HISTORY

On the morning of November 10, 1995 Ken Saro Wiwa, the environmental activist from the Niger Delta region in Nigeria was hanged alongside eight other activists in a prison and dumped in an unmarked graves despite wide International protest.

This was a writer, a poet, and a Television producer whose untimely death was followed by his arrest in May 1994, he was taken over flimsy excuses by the then military junta, alongside eight other activists he was taken to a prison in Nigeria. Ironically, he wrote a book of essays “ I am Hanged”

Ken was hanged in order to remove him from politically contention in the Niger Delta and to get rid of the greatest enemy of Shell Oil. He was a powerful critic of these evil leaders, with his death, we thought there will be peace in Niger Delta, he was killed to silent pain in the necks of our leaders who are obsessed with looting this oil money.

Ken Saro Wiwa’s death brought to the scene worst characters in that region. Ken was educated, reasonable and loved but after Ken came some women and men who were uncontrollable. Always ready to bring about the collapse of the Nigeria State.

In Ken’s time, he spoke against the environmental damage to the Niger Delta by Shell through its thirty seven years of exploration. But on the contrary today, the militants from this region are bent on segregating the nation, they want a separate nation.

During Obasanjo’s regime, he declared shoot at sight in Odi, a riverine community of the Niger Delta, the place turned to a grave yard, they were happy that all enemies are gone, the remnants will learn from the death of their fellows and be quiet, lo and behold, it was all lies, these steps were like adding fuel to our fire. Though we would not want to waste his precious and scarce words on militants but the world is watching.

Death has not been able to silent the spirit Ken left behind!, May this year marks the fifteen year of his arrest, the president that arrested him met untimely death too, we learnt it was on the bosom of a prostitute, death is death.

This morning, May 26, 2009, 18 soldiers were killed by these militants, mainstream gender, therefore, there are eighteen widows somewhere in Nigeria now, left to cater for about thirty mouths. Soldiers alive have not been paid their entitlements, is it dead soldiers that will be paid? Those soldiers who protested on the street of Akure in Ondo State of Nigeria for were sentenced to life imprisonment last month, these were men who went to Liberia on a peace keeping mission, and they survived, demanded for their pay in a peaceful demonstration! This is the action of our very gentle president who has no time for words. He counts his words.

The militants in Niger Delta have more sophisticated weapon than the Federal troop, Nigeria has not learn from history, the more we kill the more we breed wicked souls who are fed with past of our leaders.

In the Niger Delta region, there is no single High school but past presidents in Nigeria have been able to build expensive Universities in their own villages, these are Universities ordinary Nigeria will never attend because it is built for only the rich, are there World powers paying Nigeria presidents or where did they get the money to build such edifice?

These universities were built in both North and West of Nigeria, but the bird that lays the golden eggs n the South South wallow in abject poverty, there pregnant women will walk miles to attend ante natal clinics, whereas our presidents travel to USA to treat minor sicknesses.

May God grant our leaders the spirit of learning, though not everyone can learn, some ruler have unteachable spirits, I learn one thing in Nigeria; “wisdom does not come with age”. When the door of the day opens for human, it grants those alive another opportunity to learn.

Nigeria has not learnt from their past mistakes. A man’s height and weight can never open a door, it is only the person who has the key to the door that opens.

Ken is dead but his deeds gave birth to what Nigeria nation can no longer control. Nigeria hanged the day she hanged Ken with a rope, may unity return to our nation.

Comments

Fatima Waziri's picture

It is sad to watch our

It is sad to watch our history go down the drain. The question is what can we do to make a change, make an impact, raise our voices.

Peace!
Fatima

olutosin's picture

So sad

Fatima Dear,

In as much as I would love to write good story, they are not really happening, and thank God for pen and paper and opportunity like this, we shall continue to write, before I said I will never be involved in politics but if we continue to leave all for these eat and die with no respect for history and our lives, Nigeria will soon become history, we will be involved in the making of our policies and implementation.

We can do or best and leave the rest for psterity to judge. I need empowerment after which I can come out to serve my people, women and children, even men do not count any longer in our midst. Is it not a well fed man that will generate prrogressive ideas? God Bless progressive women and men.

Thanks Love.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

LauraB's picture

Expressing yourself

You express yourself so fluently with your anger and sadness for Nigeria and Ken Saro Wiwa's death. I was just talking to
another member about memory...important to keep the memory alive of those who have fought hard. Thanks for sharing his story and your own.

Laura

olutosin's picture

Memory must be kept alive, Yes

My Dear,
What I see daily has hardened my heart about these people, I am not a happy person not because any one offfend my, but because those we trust are betrayals, they forgot the manifestoes, but we must remember those who died for human rights, they sacrificed their lives, yes for Nigeria.

I am ready to go to any extent if only to achhieve positive change Nigerians, Africans deserve, do you know how it feels to be on a queue for eight hours in order to vote for someone who later on stole our money to build a university he told us was not meant for the poor, how many rich people are in our midst? Yes in Nigeria.

We will continue the fight, the fire of activism will not turn to ashes in my generation.

Love You Dear Friend

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

LauraB's picture

powerful line

Olutosin,

No, I can not imagine what it is like to stand for 8 hrs in line to vote and feel cheated. To keep the internal drive and respect for your country can only be extremely difficult and I admire greatly your fire for forward movement. I felt cheated when Bush was elected for the second time...and felt that the representation of my country had nothing in common with the country's founding values or the wise and true part of our democracy. I felt cheated, very cheated as did a percentage of the country.

These are powerful words- keep them on hand- use them again, put them on your wall- "The fire of activism will not turn to ashes in my generation."

Lots of love

Laura

olutosin's picture

Fire of Activism

My Friend,

If you can remember, I always say the blood that runs in the veins of activists differs from that of an ordinary mortal that is why I say as much as I would love to be an apologist for a useless leader, I will prefer to remain a poor woman all my life. These people wounded us and they still have the gut to move around in high places, with these loud mouths who are given remnants

We shall continue to fight.

I wont forget your advise I will continue to use the words.

Lots of Hugs

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

ENIE NDOH CECILE's picture

That's Sad

I wonder why most of our African Presidents are lukewarm towards progress, socio-economic growth and development as if they will not also enjoy the positive outcome. And those who try to reprimand them and expose their malpractices are tortured and persecuted. They have become bood thirsty killing humans as people kill chickens during festive periods.
I know Cameroon is not better but Nigeria is so prone to blood shed.
Only God can save us.

Kind Regards,
Cecile

olutosin's picture

Wonders except positive change

Wonders will never end except there is a positive change, the lukewarm attitude is even better than a president who has no idea at all for a country with over 140 million inhabitants.

Killing will never solve our problems because the more they kill the more we fight for our rights. We pray they change before Africa become extinct out of migration.

Thanks sister

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Letters to a Better World

Letters to a Better World

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

womenspace's picture

CAMBODIA: Ordinary Women Can Make a Difference

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative