WHEN THE MEDIA TOOK 40 WINKS
When the sad situation in the north eastern part of Nigeria; Baga happened, many were peeved that it didn’t get as much publicity in the press or other media as compared to the Charlie Hebdo case or others. But, what about the Nigerian and big African press houses? What about the majority of people who live near Baga and breathe down the gun barrels of the Boko Haram and know they could also be attacked next? Shouldn’t they protest, or shouldn’t there be an up-rise of some sort to show there’s bloody anger seeping from their eyes to see “Boko Haram just used a 10-year old girl as a bomb detonator and massacred up to 2000 others” in the headlines and their government is doing almost nothing while election period is near?
Is it because people today are so self-absorbed, distracted by technology and overworked that in general there’s a tendency that we may feel bad for people in dire situations but we really don’t care enough to do anything? Is it because we live in an unequal world where people haven’t raised their consciousness high enough to embrace a “brotherhood of man” and realize what is truth and what is not? Do our evolutionists friends still think humankind is evolving? Or is this evidence to the contrary?
By the way, let me go on to the main reason for this post. Two contemporary artists are worthy of note; Olanrewaju Tejuoso from Nigeria and Attukwei of Ghana because their works delicately sublimate the recent massacre at Baga- very symbolic expressions depicting the about 2000 villagers executed by Boko Haram terrorists.
– terrorism must end –
“2000 massacred in Nigeria ”
– forgotten victims –
Burnt plastic canisters and sand installation.