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George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by Stormyweather(m): 6:57am On Jul 10
Live on George Iwilade (Afrika). It's disdainfully sad that the people who are enjoying peace today don't know the blood sacrifice that was used to pay for it.

July 10 is not one of those days to forget easily neither is it one we'll like to remember but for the continuous reign of peace, we often need to be reminded the price that was paid for it.

Current OAU students who can walk around the school at anytime of the day/night without harassment from cultists don't even know what price was paid. I sometime ago spoke with some students about the July 10th massacre but most of them are either ignorant about it, feigned ignorance or showed little or no concern.

I can't remember a more touching story that has helped form peace in Nigerian institutions. This freedom isn't enjoyed in most of the Nigerian institutions and there's been no Messiah (Afrika) to stand up for the students.
The true definition of heroism is when one stands up to fight a good cause. George was a secretary general of the SUG and he indeed represented the people unlike what we have in various institutions today.

It is a fervent prayer that one day the perpetrators of this hideous crime will be brought to justice.

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by prodam(m): 10:18am On Jul 10
When we sing and say "our heroes past..., we are definitely referring to people like George Akinyemi Iwilade a.k.a Afrika who stood in the face of adversity to repel oppression and resist cultism and hooliganism on campus.

It is also important to note that
1. 4 others were killed.
2. Sadly, justice is yet to be given.

#AfrikaLivesOn

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by Jaymaxxy(m): 10:48am On Jul 10
20 years after, the blood of our fallen martyrs still cry for justice.

RIP GEORGE IWILADE "AFRIKA"

YEMI AJITERU

TUNDE OKE

EVIANO EKELEMU

EFE EKEDE

May your killers never know peace.

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by Godchosen1(m): 10:58am On Jul 10
prodam:
When we sing and say "our heroes past..., we are definitely referring to people like George Akinyemi Iwilade a.k.a Afrika who stood in the face of adversity to repel oppression and resist cultism and hooliganism on campus.

It is also important to note that
1. 4 others were killed.
2. Sadly, justice is yet to be given.

#AfrikaLivesOn
It's unfair that justice is yet to be given. ..... A courageous hero indeed...
RIP

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by pacificman: 11:10am On Jul 10
die for nigeriaschool at your own risk

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by livinbygrace: 11:10am On Jul 10
Wow!!So it’s 20yrs already.Africa continue to Rest In Peace

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by Officialgarri: 11:10am On Jul 10
Unfortunately, he hasn't gotten justice.

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by drkay(m): 11:11am On Jul 10
Afrika lives on.

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by festacman(m): 11:12am On Jul 10
Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by mixta140(m): 11:12am On Jul 10
RIP
Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by festacman(m): 11:12am On Jul 10
OP please add some fresh to help others understand as well as appreciate the extent of sacrifice made by the martyrs being remembered.

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by stanliwise(m): 11:12am On Jul 10
I read the history on wiki sometime ago and was touched.
To all those dead cultist rolling in their grave and to the animated(living dead) ones.
I hope someday your kind will be rubbed off from the face of our society, but before then Peace will not know you until you repent.


An excerpt from Wikipedia.

The massacre
On the night of 9 July 1999 a number of student groups held
a party at Obafemi Awolowo University. The 'Mirror Online'
reports: "members of Kegites Club on the campus, Man O’
war members, and various other student leaders— both
former and incumbent, gathered at the open ground
between Angola and Mozambique Halls." Later in the night
many of the party-goers began occupying the cafeteria of
Awolowo Hall whilst others returned to their halls of
residence to sleep.

At between 3:00 and 3:30 am (now 10 July 1999) a large
number of cultists (reported to be between 22 and 40) of
the confraternity arrived to carry out a
preplanned assault on the university with the intention of
carrying out the assassinations of several prominent
members of the student union. Allegations that these
assassinations were sponsored by the university's vice
chancellor, Wale Omole, remain to this day but it is unclear
if this is the case. It is said "one of the cultists, Kazeem
Bello, aka Kato, confessed that Wale Omole had a hand in
their July 10 dastardly operation."

Upon arriving at the university the cultists "drove
through the main gate and proceeded to the car park next
to the Tennis Courts in the Sports Center. They
disembarked there and went on foot along a bush path to
Awolowo Hall, where they violently interrupted the gyration,
firing guns and also wielding axes and cutlasses."

Although the order of the events that followed vary from
account to account (in terms of who was killed in what
order) it is clear that following the assault 4 people were
left dead, another died from gunshot wounds later, one
more survived from a gunshot wound and "Twenty-five
others received minor injuries, which were sustained during
the stampede out of the Awolowo Hall cafeteria and later
on during the attack."

The Mirror Online reports: "The victims, which included the
then Students’ Union Secretary General, George Yemi
Iwilade, (fondly called Afrika); 400 level medical student,
Eviano Ekelemu; a graduating student, Yemi Ajiteru; 100-
Level Philosophy student, Babatunde Oke, and Ekpede
Godfrey were gunned down by the “marauding beasts” in
Blocks 5 and 8, Awolowo Hall."

Prof. Roger Makanjuola writes:
"Tunde Oke was still alive but died on the operating
table. Four others, George Iwilade, Yemi Ajiteru, Efe Ekede
and Eviano Ekelemu, were brought in dead. Eviano Ekelemu
bled to death from gunshot wounds to the groin and thigh.
The other three died from gunshot wounds to the head." [2]
During the attack several accounts state the
members were heard to be "shouting, “Legacy, come out!”"
referring to the suspended Students’ Union President, Lanre
Adeleke.

Additional targets of the attacks are described
also. Prof. Roger Makanjuola's account states the same
and he also writes: "During the course of the incident, the
attackers also shouted the names of “Afrika”, George
Iwilade, and “Dexter”, the Chief of the Kegites, demanding
that they come out."

Of the targets of the massacre Lanre Adeleke (Legacy)
managed to escape by jumping from a balcony after hearing
the gunfire. “Dexter”, the Chief of the Kegites, also escaped
unharmed. George Iwilade (Afrika), the Secretary-General of
the Students’ Union and a Law student was not so lucky.
Upon entering his room the "shot him
immediately in the head. Then they smashed his head with
their axe to make sure he was dead".

It is reported George Iwilade (Afrika) was the only
successfully assassinated victim. "Afrika, who was said to
have carried out the arrest (relating to the incident on
Saturday, 7 March 1999), was mercilessly butchered while
the other four were just unfortunate victims"

Prof. Roger Makanjuola gives the order of events as been:
"They first entered Room 184, where they shot and killed
Efe Ekede, a Part II Psychology student. In Room 230, they
shot Charles Ita, a Part II Law student. A group of the
attackers then shot Yemi Ajiteru, a Part II Religious Studies
student, through the head in the corridor outside the
Kegites’ headquarters. In Room 273, they found George
Iwilade (Afrika), the Secretary-General of the Students’
Union and a Law student, and shot him through the head,
along with another occupant, Tunde Oke, a Part 1 student
of Philosophy, who was shot in the abdomen.

When the attackers got to Room 271, the room allocated to
the suspended Students’ Union President, Lanre Adeleke
(Legacy), they found that he had escaped. Legacy was in
his room when he heard the first gun shots..... The band of
thugs proceeded to Fajuyi Hall on foot, where they shot and
killed one more student. That individual, Eviano Ekelemo, a
medical student, was certainly not a student activist, but
they shot him anyway.". However, the order in which the
victims were killed varies in various testimonies by a
number of witnesses.

Prof. Roger Makanjuola's account of the cultist's
escape is: "The murderers left Fajuyi Hall on foot and went
through the bush path behind the Hall back to their vehicles.
They drove to the Students’ Union building, which they
ransacked. They returned to their vehicles and drove out of
the University through the main gate. The security staff,
having heard gunfire, fled for their lives. Thus the exit of the
marauding thugs was unchallenged."

Aftermath
The day after the attack it is reported "President Adeleke
presided over an assembly in the enormous amphitheater
of Oduduwa Hall; he demanded the immediate resignation
of Wale Omole, the loathed vice chancellor who impeded
student efforts to eliminate cults (Omole, for example,
failed to expel the previously apprehended eight cultists).
An award of 10,000 nairas ($100 U.S.)
continue reading

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by ajepako(f): 11:13am On Jul 10
Eeyah...it is 20 years already?

Olorun maa je a ka ojo buruku...

May God continue to console the families of the young men whose lives were cut off in their prime..

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by thewatcher2020: 11:13am On Jul 10
Stormyweather:
Live on George Iwilade (Afrika). It's disdainfully sad that the people who are enjoying peace today don't know the blood sacrifice that was used to pay for it.

July 10 is not one of those days to forget easily neither is it one we'll like to remember but for the continuous reign of peace, we often need to be reminded the price that was paid for it.

Current OAU students who can walk around the school at anytime of the day/night without harassment from cultists don't even know what price was paid. I sometime ago spoke with some students about the July 10th massacre but most of them are either ignorant about it, feigned ignorance or showed little or no concern.

I can't remember a more touching story that has helped form peace in Nigerian institutions. This freedom isn't enjoyed in most of the Nigerian institutions and there's been no Messiah (Afrika) to stand up for the students.
The true definition of heroism is when one stands up to fight a good cause. George was a secretary general of the SUG and he indeed represented the people unlike what we have in various institutions today.

It is a fervent prayer that one day the perpetrators of this hideous crime will be brought to justice.


I still remember this story like I was there! My brother was there... he was playing scrabble game with one of the murdered student Eviano an Isoko boy. He Eviano played some “heavy” grammar which my bro screamed “Lai lai I dey go collect Chambers from them Austin room...”

My bro passed some of the guys on his way and by sheer coincidence he was actually running to go grab the dictionary before they fired a shot into their room. Eviano died. Geez! Bro never went back to Ife after that... he was shattered after that experience. I was barely 9!

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by ekesoft(m): 11:13am On Jul 10
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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by Blackfire(m): 11:14am On Jul 10
Who send them?


Do you know the sacrifice I make to keep this shithole together




To be In this shithole, do you know what it takes?




Come no make me vex o

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by Bukden16: 11:14am On Jul 10
How e happen!
You no even tell us ...

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by Neddstark: 11:14am On Jul 10
This massacre shows how cultism has become a cancer in Nigerian Tertiary Education.
Soyinka started it for a good reason then some evil seeds decided to do theirs based on occultism, supremacy and wickedness.
Imagine organisations having a rules of murdering, engaging robberies, saying forgiveness is sin, indulging in rape, etc. How good can that be for the society.
RIP Afrika, your balls are made of steel indeed.

For every right minded Nigerian, please say No to Cultism. Let your younger ones read this thread below. Most enlightening in the Crime Section

https://www.nairaland.com/5207293/story-cult-phase-included

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by youghs: 11:14am On Jul 10
wetin apen for July 10th
Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by lanzofx101: 11:15am On Jul 10
I remember that year.... RIP

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by Exponental(m): 11:15am On Jul 10
He would have been a strong politician by now if he still lives. Rest on gallant soldier!!!

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by SillyMods: 11:15am On Jul 10
I remember this incident vividly as it was reported then.

OP, you should have at least searched for the story and posted along this. Let our "children" here have a clue about what really happened.

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by moderatorr: 11:16am On Jul 10
rip

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by JIDECAC: 11:16am On Jul 10
Live on Afrika

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by Jabioro: 11:16am On Jul 10
I could remember that day vividly..May the
soul of killers be tormented forever...

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by RiyaGoddess(f): 11:16am On Jul 10
Abeg OP wetin kill am? Who is he? What God says He will do,He will do it. He will not shake. He will not shiver. Awamaridi ni olorun wa. Onaa la fun wa loni... Only serious persons should read my signature biko. Good morning FAM
Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by shogsman(m): 11:16am On Jul 10
I saw a movie that was based on this young Man's struggle, he's one of the good ones.

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by AwkaetitiBabe(f): 11:17am On Jul 10
My Alma mater.

It's no beans graduating from OAU. Miss the amphitheater shows, night readings, new buka etc

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by MicroSweet(m): 11:17am On Jul 10
I remember reading about that chilling OAU massacre on Nairaland years ago. It felt like watching a horror movie...

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by yemmight(m): 11:17am On Jul 10
Unfortunately, they didn't get justice.

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Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by TooMuchStuff: 11:17am On Jul 10
May their Souls rest in peace.

The killers would be continously haunted by justice

May baba Ruga fate be like their killers too.
Re: George Iwilade: The July 10th OAU Massacre, 20 Years After by Jagaban880: 11:17am On Jul 10
interesting cool

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