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Keith returned to Africa on February 15, 2006. He helped Food Not Bombs buy a mini-bus and cooking equipment. The students took Keith and filmmaker Liz Tadic to the national Senate meeting of the National Association of Nigerian Students. Isreal introduced Keith to the over 500 students at the senate and Keith invited them to help build a Food Not Bombs movement in Africa. The senate voted to promote non-violent social change by supporting the creation of the Food Not Bombs movement.
During his visit he spoke at the University of Calabar, met with many Nigerian leaders including the Federal Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe who introduced him to Mrs. M. Oluwatoyin Adetunji who is the Special Assistant to the President on Food Security. She agreed to work with Food Not Bombs and told us of their free meal program for school children and their program to provide food to the hungry in Niger and Sudan. Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe did a Food Not Bombs action at his home in Lagos. Keith and the Nigerian Food Not Bombs activists also met with Elder Igwe Ejireyl who is the chairman of the village of Alesa Eleme which sits outside one of the largest oil refineries in Niger Delta of Nigeria. Igwe Ejireyl gave them a tour of his village showing us the suffering of his comunity. The water boils and the people sleep on benches and on the ground. Their community is being poisoned by the refinery. They agreed to start a local Food Not Bombs group and they were given food and fresh water.
The Food Not Bombs activists visited a small farming village and made arraingements to buy 5000 yam seeds to grow yams for the next harvest. Keith and Liz were also carjacked by Area Boys and held for an hour until state police arrived to negotiate a ransom of 2000 Naira. Two days latter they were attending a special event with the Presidents of Liberia and Nigeria. Keith and the other Food Not Bombs activists had two meetings with one of Nigerias most popular mucisians Charly Boy who agreed to help organize a giant concert in Lagos on October 1, 2006. So anything can happen in Nigeria.