Isaac Boro Memorial

The name Isaac Jasper AdakaBoro and the town of Kaiama are symbols of the Niger Delta peoples’ struggle for economic and environmental justice. In 1966 Boro took up arms against the Nigerian Government and the oil companies, which he jointly accused of bringing misery and environmental devastation to local communities. With a rag-tag army of 160 men, he declared the independent Republic of the Niger Delta with himself as head of state. His revolution ended in defeat after 12 days but he remains a local hero, with the Isaac Boro Park as an important landmark in Port Harcourt, the neighbouringRivers State capital. Meanwhile, a monument in Boro’s name has been built in Kaiama, his home town in Bayelsa. It was here, on December 11, 1998, that 5,000 Ijaw youths gathered to unveil the Kaiama Declaration. This charter of demands, calling on the oil companies to clean up their act, echoed those of Boro more than 30 years earlier.

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