A new monument to writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, executed 11 years ago in Nigeria for his campaign against the devastation by oil companies of the Niger delta, was unveiled outside the Guardian’s offices in central London on November 10, 2006. The “Living Memorial” is a sculpture in the form of a bus by the Nigerian-born artist Sokari Douglas Camp, and will tour the UK over the coming year. See slideshow and commentary on the Guardian website.
Sokari Douglas Camp ‘s sculpture Asoebi is inspired by the Yoruba concept of Asoebi, women in Nigeria to grace an occasion dress in the same attire of lace and Haze head ties. This is to show solidarity and love for the occasion and the people organising the event. Some times depending on their circumstances some women that want to take part have to beg and borrow to look like their friends. ‘Lace Sweat and Tears’ the nearest English interpretation might be ‘blood sweat and tears’. The sculpture describes the beauty suffering and indomitable spirit of people in Nigeria. The sculpture was created as a water feature for the Garden for Africa at the British Museum in collaborated with Ground Force.