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Description

Thorn carving depicting a firing squad execution scene (part a). Figures adhered to a rectangular particle board base. Along one edge are four military figures in army fatigues (layered wood chips) armed with large guns - one figure detached and detached head. Opposite are four condemned figures who are each tied to a post and blindfolded. Inscription on base.

Narrative

The inscription on the base reads: "Bar Beach, Lagos, Nigeria. 25 May 1971. Public execution televised throughout federation."

Iconographic Meaning

Bar Beach was one of the most popular beaches in Nigeria. After independence in 1960 the country fell under the dictatorship of a military junta (1966 to 1979, and again 1983 to 1999). After the 30-month civil war that ended in 1970, Bar Beach was the location of the many executions that became commonplace from the early 1970s to the late 1980s, in response to a sudden “surge in crime.” These were public events with thousands of spectators, and were also televised nationally.

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