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Finally Ojukwu’s Dream Actualized as Boy who Burnt Self For Biafra is Immortalized

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Bruce Mayrock 1949 – 1969


The spirit of the Leader of Biafra Movement, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu has finally rested as one of his greatest dreams is being fulfilled.

According to reports, Ojukwu while alive hoped to immortalize a young boy who cut his life short for sake of Biafra, advised a building be raised in his name.


Bruce Mayrock was a young student of 20 years old who set himself with fire and got burnt in front of United Nations building in New York exactly today, 29th May 1969 to draw attention to the plight of Biafra People.

buried in a nondescript grave at the Mount Ararat Cemetery in Suffolk County NY

Mayrock was born into a wealthy family, buried in a nondescript grave at the Mount Ararat Cemetery in Suffolk County NY, decorated with inscription ‘idealist, zealot, student’ and schooled in Columbia University.

The Young Boy, according to an inquiry, had no connection with Igbo lineage and never known any Biafran before taking his life.

Sculptor of Mayrock Bruce

Subsequently, the Biafra Heroes Day memorial was officially set aside every 30th of May, which falls the same the early hours of day Marvock was confirmed dead.

Since the emergence of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, prior to the morning of Marvorock’s time of death, early hours of every 30th May Biafrans are expected to be in sobber reflection with prayer procession.

Mayrock Bruce Sculptor

Upon his passing out, Chief Ikemba Ojuchukwu had this to his wife “‘There is still time’, I had assured my anxious spouse.. ‘You will get through this, and then you will do it, as you planned’ Bianca replied.

He continued “I am a soldier..’ he said while looking straight into eyes of his wife with all the equanimity of a man whose fate already lay before him; Bianca noted.

“the only modes of death I am conditioned to anticipate, happen to be death at the battlefield or by execution…I never expected to get this far. If I don’t make it, Do what you can…our people must never forget….’ Ojugwu instructed wife.

The project, according to Bianca, started gradually till completion and will be unveiled tomorrow to mark the remembrance of the brave student, Mayrock, victims (Heroes and Heroines) of the Biafra – Nigeria civil war and those killed unjustly due to Biafra struggle till date.

The three-story edifice which took 30 months before actualization will house “conference hall with Projectors, an exhibition floor that will house artistic depictions, iconic photos and historic scenes” Bianca revealed in a post shared on her timeline Friday, 29 May 2020.

Entrance Gate of the three Storey Building

The building project, marking the 50th Anniversary since the end of the bloody war will also contain in it “Sculptures of Bruce Mayrock” within the landscape and memorial hall.

“Pupils from various schools will have an opportunity to visit and learn more about our struggle. Bianca added.

Graphic Design of the building

Follow links below to read all. 

PROJECT MAYROCK : A PROMISE FULFILLED.In the days following the stroke which would eventually take his life, one issue…

Опубликовано Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu Пятница, 29 мая 2020 г.


Опубликовано Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu Пятница, 29 мая 2020 г.

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