Activism and the Arts

ARTISTS whose work is featured in the film

BLACKFACE – Singer and Songwriter
GOOD LIFE, sung by Nigerian singer, Black Face, and featuring Seun Anikulapo Kuti, can be found on the album titled, BLACKFACE.
 
 

DAVID GOKA – Singer and Songwriter
David Goka is a singer, songwriter and musician located in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. David contributed the song Bravo to the Hero, Ken Saro Wiwa to the film.

“RED GOLD AND GREEN” song mp3
 

J. TIMOTHY HUNT – Writer, Photographer
Toronto journalist J. Timothy Hunt is a regular contributor to many of Canada’s most prominent magazines. His profile of the New Yorker‘s Malcolm Gladwell entitled “An Incredible Hodgepodge of Weirdness” in the Ryerson Review of Journalism won three North American journalism prizes and was nominated for a 2000 National Magazine Award. As staff writer for National Post Business Magazine, in 2001, he received another NMA nomination for his story about Internet privacy entitled “Moving Target.” The same year, his coverage of the symbolic funeral of Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa in Saturday Night was also recognized by the National Magazine Awards and bought by Canadian publisher McFarlane Walter Ross to be turned into the book The Politics of Bones (subsequently published by McClelland and Stewart in 2005).

ED KASHI – Photographer, videographer
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking, and personal projects, Kashi is an educator who instructs and mentors students of photography, participates in forums, and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography, and multimedia storytelling. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are the signatures of his work. Kashi’s complex imagery has been recognized for its compelling rendering of the human condition.

“I take on issues that stir my passions about the state of humanity and our world, and I deeply believe in the power of still images to change people’s minds,” he says. “I’m driven by this fact: that the work of photojournalists and documentary photographers can have a positive impact on the world. The access people give to their lives is precious as well as imperative for this important work to get done. Their openness brings with it a tremendous sense of responsibility to tell the truth but to also honor their stories.”

NNEKA – Featured Vocalist
Every year since her musical career took off in 2005, this Afro-German warrior princess has built on her successes, stretched her muscles, and widened her range. Her debut album Victim of Truth (released in the UK in 2007), an inspirational mix of hot loops, black consciousness and 21st-century soul music – was garlanded with praise by the British media. ‘As good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’ said UK’s The Sunday Times. Nneka is the featured vocalist on THE NAKED OPTION and her contribution brings the lyrical soul of the Niger Delta to life.

GEORGE OSODI – Photographer
George Osodi, born 1974 in Lagos, is a freelance photographer based in London and Lagos Nigeria.He studied Business Administration at the Yaba College of Technology Lagos Nigeria before working as a photographer for the Comet Newspaper between 1999-2002. He joined the Associated Press in 2002 till 2008. His works has been widely exhibited globally.

URU – Singer and Songwriter
Fantastic Nigerian born Uru contributed the song UDU to the film!

Pius Waritimi – Niger Delta Sculptor and Activist
Pius Waritimi is a sculptor and carver from Port Harcourt whose art comes with a strong message.