The Obafemi Awolowo University massacre was a series of shootings and murders which took place against students of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria on Saturday, July 10, 1999. It resulted in the deaths of eight people and injuring of 11, all of them students at OAU.
George Akinyemi Iwilade,AFRIKA (secretary-general of the students’ union and founder of the AFRIKA
FORWARD MOVEMENT, AFORM; shot in the head on his bed, then smashed on the head by an axe wielded by one of the Black Axe members)
several people were injured directly and indirectly from the ensuing confusion and stampede.
four of the “July 10th martyrs” were buried on July 20th, 1999, at university cemetery. Around 20,000 people attended the funeral, including students from various institutions, workers, lecturers, parents, market women, and journalists from throughout Nigeria. A local woman donated the five coffins for the dead. The people that turned out thereafter proceeded in a long convoy of buses and cars to Iwo, the hometown town of George Akinyemi Iwilade(AFRIKA), late secretary general of the student union and founder of the Afrika Forward Movement(AFORM), a socio-political organization promoting African culture and values.Afrika was laid to rest on the family,s land in an emotional and befitting atmosphere. July 10th every year is marked by AFORM and the students of OAU in remembrance of these martyrs.