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When we are all ashes…

Still on the fight for justice. God bless everyone who has, in one way or the other, built a system that would get our voices heard. The #Aluu4 tweet-a-thon has made its impact on twitter and other social networks today. God bless Okechukwu Ofili for that movement online.

And MI, the incredible MI has given words and a song to our collective pain concerning the deaths of those young men – Chidiaka, Tekena, Ugonna, and Lloyd. In a track he just released titled ashes, MI struggles with the pain of accepting this tragedy amongst us. I listened to the song and I am reminded of how distraught I was for weeks when it happened. How I would stay awake unable to sleep, how I continued to put myself in their shoes to feel their pain – how vicious and confusing it all must have been for them! One minute they were laughing and alive, the next minute they were looking into the eyes of their murderers!

It cannot go away! The pain refuses to go away until something is done so that we can be free of this inhumanity! God bless you, MI! Always different, always true to what is right, forever a star!

Here’s the link to MI’s site: and below are the lyrics to the song…


We were down a sandy beach,
All night talking to your mouth’s words.
Tell me where you would like to be.
Tonight don’t be afraid to dream.
Lean on the fire for a while.

Cause in the morning it’ll all just be ashes on the ground

Instead it be them, let it be me.
Since I will die inevitably,
Then let it be, that it be said
When I am dead: some other was free, some other was fed
Some other, not me, was able to see
That long as we live inside a country where no one is safe,
No one is safe.
We only evade, try to escape
The imminent doom
But closer the date looms.
It comes for all.
If we must go, then at least,
When we fall…

When we’re all ashes…
If I am slain, let them forever remember the name
Some other should gain.

When we’re all ashes…
Because of my pain. Because of my tears because of my scars
Some other should gain.

When we’re all ashes…
The reason I’m gone. Let it be told, let it be known, and turned into song

When we’re all ashes…
If I die alone. Let it be more than dying alone, the reason I’m gone.
The reason I’m gone.

Instead it be sleep.
Let it be hate, let it degrade.
Let it be deep.
Some other should weep
Some other should keep
The memory of
The way that I died
Maybe a change, some other can try

At least we can lie. At least we can hope
At least we can say
tomorrow is better, it wont be today
Some other can pray
Some other can fight
The wrong done to me some other can right.
Then maybe my death can save some other life
For then I would gladly give another life

When we’re all ashes…
Let it be worth
Let it be so some other can live. Let it be birth.

When we’re all ashes…
As I am hurt
As I pass, let it be last, let it be first

When we’re all ashes…
Don’t let them forget
The only regret is that we relent. We all should repent..

When we’re all ashes…
If I die alone,
Let it be more than dying alone. The reason I’m gone
The reason I’m gone

Feels like I stood there watching,
the pain the brutal torture
And added my silence to the violent screams
Of: Burn and torch em.
How do you earn misfortune?
Or does it come unbidden?
If life’s a painted portrait,
Who puts dark colors in them?
If there’s a God in heaven,
Surely he’s weeping now.
As all the blood is shedding
As all His people drown.

God help us all.

Rest in peace Chidi.
Rest in peace Lloyd
Rest in Peace Tekena
Rest in Peace Ugonna

Rest in peace to the Students murdered in Adamawa state.

Rest in peace to those two young girls.


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    Oluwaseun Odunlami
    October 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Wow! The song brought everything back! Everytime I remember that video I can’t help but cry. I keep imagining myself in those guys shoes! Imagine the brutal torture, the pain, the humiliation! They saw death coming and they couldn’t do anything to prevent it. They were brutally murdered for an offence they didn’t commit! This injustice cannot be forgiven nor can it ever be forgotten! Justice must be done. This is no time for the law to be an ass! Those animals in human skin must be made to pay dearly for what they did!

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    October 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Amen! I pray that where there has been pain, sorrow, bitterness, hatred & ignorance; God wil give us healing, joy, sweetness, love & light. Thankyou

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    Dairo kemmy.
    October 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Dis is so touching…..may dere soul rest in peace.

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    October 26, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I really like that song, Great Job MI

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    Rhoadarling Asihene Amankwaah
    October 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    May thire souls rest in peace

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