FORWARD MOVEMENT

Recounting the tragedies and triumphs of Nigeria's Ogoni people

In St. Louis, Ogoni Day has come to mean, typically, a Shell picket and a cultural celebration tinged with Christian worship. This year will be no exception, though a little dramatic color has been added in the form of a candlelit procession. MOSOP and its supporters will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Shell station at the corner of Grand and Gravois (deep in the heart of Little Ogoni), then proceed -- after a few hearty cries of "Boycott Shell!" -- by that candlelit procession to Messiah Lutheran Church, 2846 S. Grand Blvd., where, in the words of Obani-Nwibari, "we will pray to God for strength and recite some of Ken's works and show a video and provide some of our Ogoni cultural dances." Activists willing to brave the cold -- and anyone curious about political exiles from Africa now making their way on Ted Drewes' turf -- should come get to know the courageous people CNN forgot.

Noble Obani-Nwibari: "We gather to educate people about the troubles in the Niger delta and the importance of the environment. The environment is human beings' No. 1 wealth, our No. 1 right."
Jennifer Silverberg
Noble Obani-Nwibari: "We gather to educate people about the troubles in the Niger delta and the importance of the environment. The environment is human beings' No. 1 wealth, our No. 1 right."

For more information, call 832-5551.

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