Kudirat Abiola Corner
Marked by a small street sign, the northeast intersection of E. 44th St. and 2nd Ave is christened after the Nigerian political activist and dissident, Kudirat Abiola. She was assassinated in 1996 by gunmen believed to have been carrying out the orders of the Nigerian Government at a time when her husband, Moshood Abiola, was being detained by the government despite having rightfully won the 1993 presidential election. Nigerian-Americans and expats living in New York campaigned to have the corner officially renamed in defiance of the Nigerian Government. The sign sits directly in front of the Nigerian Consulate in New York.
Backstory and Context
1993 presidential election and aftermath. K's upbringing and activism. death. husband's death.
campaign to honor with naming of corner. number of nigerians in NY and strength of community. pushback and legal fight. symbolism. Similarities to other street names.
legacy and changes. end of abacha, return of democracy. trial of gunmen. statue.