The book was launched at the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the massacre, in October 2017. The two day event featured a symposium, speakers, testimony, and plans for the future. For brief comments from Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, click here.
Using witness testimonies, the book tells the story of the massacre, and its causes and consequences. Arguing that events in Asaba were much more significant to the progress of the war than was previously understood, we discuss key role of Britain in the war, the long term trauma of such atrocities, and the importance of remembering.
In 2018, The Asaba Massacre was chosen by the Oral History Society for its annual Book Award.
Formal book presentation, L to R: Memorial Committee Chair Alban Ofili-Okonkwo; Wole Soyinka; Delta State Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa; Former Nigerian VIce-President Alex Ekwueme; Former Cross River State Governor Donald Duke
Top row L to R: With Wole Soyinka at the Palace of the Asagba; The Memorial Symposium; with Mary Uraih and Martina Osaji; Middle, L to R: with Fabian Oweazim and Ify Uraih; with Ify Uraih and Amaka Flourish Chukwurah; with Asaba ladies;
Lower, L to R: Asaba people meet to mark the commemoration; the Asaba Mossacre Monument; Asaba ladies; Lizzie Okonji points to family members' names at the Monument.
The Asaba Massacre has received several favorable reviews in academic journals. Read examples below.
Oral History Review,
Vol. 46, 246-247, 2019