A Nigerian Writer, Iredia Godstime John is set to release an eBook, “When we meet again” in honour of late Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.
An24.net reported how,Vera Omozuwa, a 23-year-old 100-level Microbiology student of UNIBEN, was raped and beaten inside a hall in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City on May 13, where she went to study resulting in her death on May 31, 18 days after, at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
John, in a statement shared with newsmen on Thursday said he wrote the book to give a voice to other rape victims in Nigeria as hashtags calling for justice aren’t enough. He described the eBook as one more stroke in the midst of voices clamoring against rape, one more voice in the cry of justice for rape victims in Nigeria.
The statement read; “In Nigeria, more and more women get raped on a daily basis. According to a news report by Premium times on Allafrica.com, Nigeria recorded 717 reported cases of rape. This was between January and May of 2020, alone!!!
“One of these rape victims was Vera Uwaila Omozuwa. During the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, Vera was brutally raped and assaulted in a church in Benin City, Southern Nigeria. She later died on the 30th of May, 2020.
“The hashtag #JusticeforUwa lit up the social media space. Nigerians cried for justice for the deceased. We saw protests on the streets, all for Uwa. The Ebook “When we meet again” by Iredia Godstime John takes the story further. It is a book dedicated to Vera Uwaila Omozuwa. It reveals a craving to do more than the hashtags. It aims to emboss Vera Uwaila in our hearts and if possible immortalise her. The book aims to give us a reminder of Vera and all that she died for but also to personalise her in our minds.
“It’s easy to say that “a girl was raped” but Vera was more than a number. She was a soul. A student. A beacon of hope for her family and the book aims to portray that. “This is the promise of peace that after a long time, we’ll get to be with the ones we lost and the ones we love”
“This excerpt from the book reflects the desire of the author to soothe the hearts of the bereaved. This includes; those who had known Vera and were scared with the news of her death. The book reminds us that Vera is presently okay and in a better place.
“The book also aims to give a voice to other rape victims in Nigeria. Hashtags calling for justice aren’t enough. This eBook is one more stroke in the midst of voices clamoring against rape. One more voice in the cry of justice for rape victims in Nigeria.
“When we meet again, features four different segments that tells us a beautiful story of who Uwa was. They also call our attention to the alarming wave of sexual violence in our society.
“The Free E-book will be released on Sunday, 6th of September, 2020. It will be available for free downloads on Okadabooks and 9jabooks.”