British colonialists rigged election before Nigerian independence

The video from the USA called Don’t Let Shell Kill Again.

It says about itself:

This video was edited from two films (by CATMA) to support the City of Berkeley’s boycott of Shell Oil Company because of its environmental impact on Nigeria and the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa with eight other environmental activists. This public policy video was developed as an information tool for Project Underground and was first seen at Berkeley’s City Council meeting before they voted to Boycott Shell Oil. Narrator: Carol Denney. More at

Another video which used to be on YouTube is called Angela Davis by Madonna Momoh. “An interview with Angela Davis who attended the Ken Saro-Wiwa Memorial “Remember Saro-Wiwa” in London City Hall. This event took place in November 2006″.

By Barry Mason:

BBC documentary

Britain rigged election before Nigerian independence

9 August 2007

A BBC radio documentary on the events leading up to the independence of Nigeria, Britain’s former colony, charged the British government with interference in the election to ensure the result was in line with its interests (see “Rigging Nigeria”).

The programme cited two files held in the British National archives covering the period leading up to independence in 1960 that to this day remain closed to the public and will remain closed for another 50 years.

One file contains material relating to the governor general at the time of independence, Sir James Robertson, and the other material on Dr Azikiwe, known as Zik, who was leader of the nationalist pro-independence political party, the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC).

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    Thursday 18th October
    7pm – 2am
    @ The Salmon and Compass
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    Upstairs 7pm FILM 1: Music Is The Weapon – Dir Stephane Tchal-Gadjieff & Jean Jacques Flori. 1982, 53 mins. This documentary gives a rare insight into the public and private life of composer, Afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-1997). The interviews cover his resistance to the Nigerian regime, his controversial polygamous lifestyle and an exploration of the political context of his work.
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    Focusing on Fela Kuti and his son Femi, Suffering and Smiling depicts the impact of their politically charged music. Following Nigeria ‘s independence in 1960, Fela used his songs to speak out against the country’s corrupt leaders. Since independence the military and political elite have enriched themselves by allowing Nigeria ‘s oil and natural resources to be stripped by multinational corporations with little benefit to ordinary Nigerians. Fela gave voice to Nigeria ‘s disenfranchised underclass and sang of a free and united Africa . Since Fela’s death, Femi has continued the legacy. Equally passionate and charismatic, he asks why the world’s most resource-rich continent has the poorest people, and carries a vision of better days ahead for the people of Nigeria .

    9.30pm Q&A & film discussion with Eki from ALISC, Molara Wood, Ben Amunwa (Remember Sarowiwa) and Ken Lewis-Allagoa The African Liberation Support Campaign Network (ALISC) is a democratic organisation led by Africans fighting oppression and tyranny in Africa, and racism in the West. Molara Wood is an independent Nigerian journalist ( Remember Saro-Wiwa uses public art and events to raise awareness about London ‘s social and ecological impact on the Niger Delta. ( Ken Lewis-Allagoa is Niger Delta lawyer and activist.

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    1. SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER 2007 From 2pm to 5pm.

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    One day conference on Elections and Democracy in Africa
    Saturday 8 December 2007

    10am – 5pm

    Room B111, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS),
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    Nearest tube – Russell Square; Buses – 7, 59, 68, 91, 168, 188

    Organised by African Liberation Support Campaign Network (ALISC Network) and the Centre for African Studies of the University of London.

    9.30am – Registration

    Morning Session: 10am – 11.45am
    1.Political Parties and Elections in Nigeria – Discussion of Book Review
    2. Chima Ubani – Legacy beyond the memoriam

    Lunch Session: 12.30pm to 3.00pm
    Elections & Democracy in Cameroon
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