I met Martha Agbani Naenwi in person for the first time in New York City in April 2015. We came together for the now universally acknowledged important Tribal Link Project Access United Nations training for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; lead by world famous trainers like Andrea Carmen of the International Indian Treaty Council. Martha was now entering it for the first time as a student, and I was returning to it as an Alumni to mentor the 1st & 2nd year students.
Martha is a representative of "The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), which was founded in 1990 to unite all Ogoni people in the fight against marginalization.
MOSOP is an umbrella organization of ten different groups, which include among others the Federation of Ogoni Women's Associations (FOWA), the Council of Ogoni Professionals (COP), the National Union of Ogoni Students (NUOS), the Conference of Ogoni Traditional Rulers (COTRA), etc.
MOSOP strives for empowering the Ogoni people and other marginalized groups of peoples by developing actions and campaigns in the following areas: Indigenous Peoples Rights, Human Rights and conflict management, Environment and sustainable development, Social, Economic and political issues and actions.
I had the privilege to ask Martha 4 important questions - and receive her answers to each of them:
Through the Project Access Training, I also learned that joint statements were better of as it represents the minds of a group of people and that it elates the level of importance of the propositions.
Excellent speech by an Ogoni leader of MOSOP
Lest we forget the Ogoni HERO Ken Saro Wiwa