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The procession from Ogbe-Osawa

October 8, 2011

From Fraser Ottanelli

As the parade made its way down Nnebisi Road, the town came to a standstill; large numbers of people lined both sides of the street while stores and businesses, including the usually bustling Central Market, were closed for the day. At the end of the parade hundreds of people reconvened in the large multipurpose hall across from St. Joseph’s. 

The procession moves along the road from the grave-site. (Ify Uraih is in the center).

This part of the event was presided over by Chief (Dr.) L.C.C. Odogwu who, in addition to heading the Asaba Development Union, also holds the ceremonial title of Imagwe of Asaba. Speaking in front of a packed hall, with news crews and reporters from national and local television stations in attendance, several speakers acknowledged the role that our project had played (and continues to play) in helping to bring attention to the terrible events that almost destroyed this community. We were also provided an opportunity to express our appreciation to all who had shared their stories and experiences and to the community that has embraced us. The final event of the day was the screening of our video “The Most Vulnerable Nigerians: The Story of the Asaba Massacres” which was very well received. As the event came to an end we hurried off to begin another round of interviews.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth Tucker permalink
    October 10, 2011 8:17 am

    Hello! I am so glad you are keeping up the blog – It helps me still feel like a part of the wonderful work you are doing in Asaba. So happy to see our friend Ify!
    My best to you all.
    Elizabeth Tucker

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