Tuesday, 9 November 2010

News Release: Ken Saro-Wiwa And Eight Others Memorial Breakfast And Discussion

Late Ken Saro-Wiwa
Dear Comrades and friends,

In commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the execution of 9 Ogoni activists, namely, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Dr. Barinem Kiobel, Daniel Gboko, Nordu Eewo, Saturday Doobee, Felix Nuateh, Paul Levura, Baribom Bera and John Kpuinee, the Ogoni Solidarity Forum (OSF) and the South African Friends of
Ogoni Struggle (SAFOS) is proud to invite you to a Breakfast and Discussion programme in honor of the Ogoni 9.

On the November 10th 1995, the Nigerian government brutally killed the Ogoni 9 for fighting against the unfettered exploration of oil by Shell and other oil multinationals in the Niger Delta. The heartless killing of the Ogoni 9 was masterminded by Royal Dutch Shell because of their non-violent roles in coordinating the Ogoni masses to oppose the exploitation and devastation of the Ogoni environment by Shell, which has drilled approximately 900 million barrels of crude from Ogoniland in 33 years.

Since 1995, the Ogonis at home, those in exile, environmental rights crusaders, human and ethnic rights organizations, international and civil groups always mark the murder of Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues. With this annual event also goes the acknowledgement that the Ogoni cause is still vital and that the struggles of the people of the Niger Delta are still far from resolved. The Ogoni Solidarity Forum would like you to join us in honoring these activists and giving voice to the continuing struggles in the Niger Delta.

As part of the program, Ken Saro-Wiwa’s last book entitled “A Month and A Day” - a prison dairy of his incarceration by the military junta up to his last moment. The book which has letters from notable leaders including Nelson Mandela to Saro-Wiwa while in prison will be on display and for sale along with other books on the struggle.

The highlight of the 15th Annivesary will be the signing of a petition by different human rights group which will be delivered to President Goodluck Jonathan through Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, the Nigerian Ambasaador to South Africa.

Date: Wednesday, the 10th November 2010

Venue: Elijah Loza Hall, Community House

Time: 9:00am – 11:30am (Revolutionary time)

RSVP: Attendance is based on prior notification, so kindly RSVP to any of following:

Tel: +27214481563,
Cell: +27762888708, +27829308598 or +27737700417
Email: barry@ogoniforum.org.za

Yours in the struggle,

Comrade Barry Wugale