Echoes of Uwa short film, a Jeremiah Onoge’s creative produced for the fight against rape in Nigeria and in honour of Uwaila Vera Omozuwa is now live.
The thought-provoking short film was made in memory of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a university student who was gang-raped and murdered in a church in Benin City, Edo State.
Echoes of Uwa short film is directed by Jeremiah Onoge of ClickMagik Films, the screenplay is by Itohan Obasuyi and the production is by Goodluck Osama Ogbeide.
Nigerians from all works of life had joined the Twitter hashtag, #justiceforuwa earlier in the week in a bid to get the governments attention so that the culprits will be brought to justice over the rape and murder of the 22-year-old Vera Uwaila Omozuwa who was sexually assaulted and murdered in cold blood.
The late Uwaila Omozuwa, a first-year Microbiology student of the University of Benin, had gone to read inside a church in Benin City before she was brutally killed by assailants who are said to be on the run.
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Speaking to newsmen, the mother of the deceased, Mrs Joy Omozuwa said
“She is my second child, the most gentle of all my children and was always interested in her book. What happened to my daughter is so painful; I never knew this was how she will die. On that fateful day, May 27th, I left home with her and she went to the church to read. For over five years now, she had been going to the church to read, so, that day she did the same thing. When the schools were shut as a result of COVID 19 pandemic, she had been going there to study because she said she didn’t want to have any carryover in her examination. I waited till in the evening when I normally called her if it was getting late although she didn’t have a fixed time that she would come. Sometimes she came home at 5 pm, sometimes 6 pm or 2 pm depending on her mood.
“By 5 pm, I tried to call her but her line was not going through. There was a boy who was also a member of the church staying near the church whom she said sometimes came around and she had told me that I should not panic if I didn’t see her on time but unfortunately, I didn’t have the boy’s number so I was becoming worried. I saw off a member of our church who came to visit me and by the time I returned, I missed three calls from Mrs Osula who is also a member of the church and stayed close to the church. She asked to come to the church quickly and when I got there, I was told that Uwa had been rushed to the hospital.
“They said they met her with her eyes blindfolded, her mouth tied and her hands tied behind her like a criminal. She was untied and when they noticed that she moved her hand, they quickly took her to Enoma hospital. When I saw my daughter, there was blood all over her body, the white top she wore had turned red with her blood; I looked at her ear, there was blood coming out of it as well as her nose while she had a swollen eye. There was a very big cut on one part of her head and another deep cut close to one of her eyes. She was also raped. So, I had to sum up courage, I started cleaning the blood from her body and they were giving her drip while she was breathing intermittently and at times she would stretch her body.
“My husband came and said he had gone to the scene of the incident and that the bloodstain was too much, so we had to move her to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH. When we got there, the doctors told us that it was 50-50 chance for her to survive because the injury was much but that they would try their best. But she did not make it and she died on Saturday.”
Watch Short Film, Echoes of Uwa in Honour of Uwaila Omozuwa below: