• Okpame Oronsaye

THIS WEEK IN EDO NATION HISTORY

For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” LEST WE FORGET

THIS WEEK IN EDO NATION HISTORY 50 years ago

20 September 1967* A mass killing of non-Igbo MidWesterners at Boji-Boji Agbor by Biafran soldiers

September 21 1967 Major Albert Okonkwo of the Biafran Liberation Army was proclaimed 'Governor' of the ‘Republic of Benin’

September 22 1967 Nigerian Army Second Infantry Division liberates Benin City.

23 September 1967* Non-Igbo speaking MidWesterners were apprehended by Biafran soldiers at Asaba, Ibusa and Agbor. There were taken, in two lorries, to a rubber plantation along Uromi-Agbor road and slaughtered

* Source: The Biafran Crisis and the Midwest" Published in African Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 344 (Jul., 1987),

28 years ago September 21 1967 Paddyman, Damian 'Dawson' Ehigiamusoe Oronsaye is translated into immortality.

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