Right in the heart of Tottenham North London is a steel structure reminding everyone of Nigerias gruesome past and the alleged injustice of its leaders. The lifesize artwork named The Bus, is a reminder of the Execution of activist and writer Ken Saro-wiwa in 1995.
The Inscription o the bus reads , "I accuse the oil companies of practising genocide against the Ogoni".
In 2005, arts activist group, PLATFORM commissioned Sokari Douglas Camp to make The Bus for the acclaimed Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. In 1995, Ken and eight Ogoni colleagues were executed by the Nigerian military government for allegedly masterminding the gruesome murder of Ogoni chiefs at a pro-government meeting.He was hanged in 1995 by the military regime of General Sani Abacha . His execution provoked international outrage and resulted in Nigeria's suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations for over three years.
Ken was campaigning against foreign oil companies' devastating pollution of the Niger Delta, particularly Shell in Ogoniland. His arrest and execution cuased an international outcry. The bus has toured England as part of a campaign for justice ever since.
It will sit at the Hale Village site until 2015 when it will start a tour marking 20 years since Ken's death.