FORUM: Photography as Advocacy--A Half Century of Oil and Misery in the Niger Delta

September 23, 2008, 6:00-8:00 p.m., New York City

Nigeria is the sixth largest producer of oil in the world—and now one of the major suppliers of U.S. oil in what has been called the scramble for African oil. Virtually all of Nigeria's oil is pumped from the nine states that make up the Niger Delta in the southeast of the country. Yet the delta remains the poorest region in the nation. Political gangsterism, corruption, and poverty seem to converge there.

This month, the Revenue Watch Institute and the Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project present a discussion of oil in the Niger Delta and the use of photography in advocating for social change. Photographer Ed Kashi and author and professor Michael Watts will also be signing copies of their new book, Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta.

DATE: September 23, 2008
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: OSI Offices, New York, NY
RSVP TO: Quito Ziegler,, 1-212-547-6909

  • Ina Howard-Parker, Founder, Represent (moderator)
  • Antoine Heuty, Senior Economist, Revenue Watch Institute
  • Ed Kashi, photographer and co-author, Curse of the Black Gold
  • Omoyele Sowore, Nigerian journalist and activist
  • Michael Watts, Chair of Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley and co-author, Curse of the Black Gold
  • Read brief panelist biographies ...