Dear RSW supporters,UK oil companies are planning to turn Africa’s ‘biodiversity hotspot’ into a wasteland. Find out more below, plus an exciting wave of film and photography events coming to you in March.

  • Uganda: Another Niger Delta?
    Secret oil deals uncovered by PLATFORM will allow UK oil companies to flare gas and spill oil in Uganda’s Lake Alberta region without any regulation or punishment. Unless they are renegotiated, these deals will guarantee huge profits for private oil companies while Ugandans suffer environmental hazards just like the Niger Delta. The deals are laid bare in a new report, ‘Contracts Curse‘ by PLATFORM.

  • Film Premiere: ‘Sweet Crude’Sat, 6th March 2010, 7.15 PM, The Shaw Theatre, London

    Sweet Crude is “urgent, righteous-indignation agitprop cinema that succeeds in being not just angry, but art.”Variety Magazine.
    A highly acclaimed documentary about the story of the Niger Delta, Sweet Crude is coming to London! See the award winning film that is taking the struggle for justice in Nigeria’s oil-fields to a global audience.
    Tickets: £9.75 available here. Watch the trailer.

  • Shell on Trial (again)
    On 30th December the District Court in The Hague rejected Shell’s submission that the Dutch court had no jurisdiction over Shell Nigeria. Four Nigerian villagers, in conjunction with Friends of the Earth Netherlands, can now press ahead with their lawsuit over damage caused by Shell oil spills in Nigeria. The next hearing is expected later in Spring.
  • Exhibition in London: Ed Kashi
    8 March – 3 April 2010
    HOST Gallery, 1-5 Honduras Street, London EC1
    The force behind the groundbreaking new book ‘Curse of the Black Gold’ Ed Kashi is known worldwide for his outstanding photojournalism and his commitment to documenting the urgent social and political issues of our times. This exhibition of his work in the Niger Delta is accompanied by the related events below. Please follow the links for booking information.Monday 8 March – Ed Kashi in discussion with Colin Jacobson, HOST Gallery, 6.30pm

    Wednesday 10 March – ‘In the Picture’ with Ed Kashi at the Frontline Club, 6pm.

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We bring together artists, campaigners and researchers for projects driven by the need for social change. For over a decade, PLATFORM has been highlighting the social and environmental impact of the oil industry in key areas, including Nigeria.

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PLATFORM is delighted that renowned photojournalist Ed Kashi will be running a hands-on workshop on the ‘photo-essay’ for young people as part ofShaping the Future, a PLATFORM residency at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, South London. If you would like to learn more, please email: [email protected].
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