Buoyed by news that his 6-year-old daughter has won her battle against cancer, diasporan boxer Larry “the Natural” Ekundayo is set for the fight of his life.
On Saturday March 14 he will enter the ring at York Hall to take on Dale Evans in a British Welterweight Title eliminator. It is a contest that has got the boxing world purring and has top billing on a card dubbed “Ultimate Glory”.
On Sunday – January 25 – at least 1,000 people are set to gather outside the Nigeria High Commission in London to remind the world that “Nigerian Lives Matter”.
The rally has been called by young diasporan film maker Akinola Davies in response to the Baga massacre in Nigeria and Je Suis Charlie rally in France. The solidarity march in Paris on January 11 left him asking, “Why no global outrage for what’s happening in Nigeria?”
Mr Davies told Nigerian Watch, “I have called the rally to show solidarity with those who are in turmoil and experiencing violence in the affected regions of Nigeria, to show Nigerian lives matter.
“This is an opportunity for the diaspora and like-minded individuals to gather and condemn the lack of a response from the Nigerian government and national media, both home and away,” he continued.
Highlighting his point is the fact that in Paris on January 18 thousands took to the streets to protest the murderous activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, which went unreported.
While over 1,000 have confirmed their attendance at Saturday’s rally on the Nigerian Lives Matter Facebook page it is hoped many more will come.
“If a solidarity march in response to the recent terrorist attack in Paris, which saw 17 people killed, can attract over three million people plus a selection of world leaders and diplomats, can and should we not expect the same for an attack that killed 2000 people?
Mr Davies continued, “The aim of our gathering is to say that we are a united Nigeria regardless of tribe or region and that the government and world leaders need to condemn the violence and take action to defend Nigeria’s most vulnerable citizens.”
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