"Testimonies such as these should become a kind of chain letter, hung permanently on the leaden conscience of the world."
Wole Soyinka, The Man Died: Prison Notes, 1972
Here we share clips from a few of our many videotaped interviews, conducted in Tampa, Lagos, Benin City, Ibadan, London, and Asaba. Shorter versions of some were used in our video, "Most Vulnerable Nigerians: The Legacy of the Asaba Massacres," completed in 2012, and now available widely across the Internet.
Liz Bird interviews the late Akunwata Sylvester Okocha in Asaba, 2009. Mr. Okocha was a senior civil servant in Benin before fleeing home to Asaba. He documented details of the massacres, and was later imprisoned in Lagos after trying to send information to the International Red Cross.
In 2022, I placed placed third in the 2022 International Human Rights Art Festival's Creators of Justice Literary Awards, with an essay about witness accounts of the massacre. It may be accessed here:
Patience Chukura, expecting her 4th child in 1967, describes the killing of her husband Eddie and his brother, Christian, on Oct. 6, the day before the Ogbe-Osawa massacre.
Stanley Okafor describes waking up to soldiers occupying Asaba, followed by targeted killing of people at the Police Station. Later that day, his father was killed by soldiers stealing his car.