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LIVES LOST: Social worker and mother-of-three Ojara Ikeagwu was one of five African and Caribbean people killed in the July 7 bombings

Six years ago today, five people of African and Caribbean heritage were among the 52 people killed in the 7/7 terrorist attacks.

Three bombs were detonated on the London Underground and a fourth exploded on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, central London.

Those who died were Anthony Fatayi-Williams, Arthur Frederick, Christian Small, Ojara Ikeagwu and Gladys Wundowa.

The sixth anniversary comes amid growing fury over police claims that grieving relatives of victims of the July 7 bombings had their phones hacked by journalists at the News of the World.

We remember them here.


Of Nigerian heritage, Anthony Fatayi-Williams, was an oil executive working for Amec developing new business in Africa. Fatayi-Williams, who had a degree in Politics and economics from Bradford University, had hoped to start a Masters in oil and gas but sadly never got the chance. He was killed when the bomb exploded on a bus in Tavistock Square.

His mother, Marie Fatayi-Williams, told the July 7 inquest: "His death has left a yawning vacuum in our lives and a sustained pain too strong for words and too deep for tears…Oh, how I miss you sorely, such that the rose is not red and the violets are not blue any more for me."

On May 6, Coroner Lady Justice Hallett ruled on that the 52 victims were unlawfully killed. However, Fatayi-Williams said that despite the ruling and Coroner’s recommendations, there is need for a public enquiry. "The only kind of closure you might say is that I am happy by some of the recommendations made…but there is need for further digging and further enquiries," she said.


Arthur Frederick was a museum security guard. Originally from Montserrat in the Caribbean, he lived in Seven Sisters in North London. A man who spent 31 years in Montserrat’s police force before retiring in 1997 and moving to London, he was killed on the Piccadilly Line train at Russell Square. He was known for his guitar playing skills and for penning the song Signs of Christmas, a hit in Montserrat.

His son, Astrid Wade, told the BBC: "He was a friendly person who got along with everyone. He loved his musiC."
He added: "When I hear his songs on the radio, it brings back his memory. I do miss him."


Christian Small was an athlete, mentor and budding author who had recently returned from volunteering and researching his origins in West Africa, a life-changing trip, when he died.

The 28-year-old, from Walthamstow, east London, had recently won a gold Medal in the Middlesex County Championship and worked in advertising sales. He had been on his way to work in Holborn when he died on the Piccadilly train bombing. His family later published a book Small wrote about his experience in Africa, entitled Wake Up and Smell the Fufu, and have set up the Njoya foundation in his name. It pays tribute to the name Small gave himself on his return from Africa, Njoya Diawara, meaning Man of Strength.

Described as earnest and thoughtful, Small was hailed as someone who brought joy to those who knew him. His father, Charles, told The Voice: "In the short time that he has travelled this world, he has done some good – he’s brought love, enlightenment, happiness, and peace to people."

His mother, Sheila, described him as "a flame that lighted the way and touched many with its warmth, so short-lived and yet brilliant. Njoya, man of great spirit and determination, we will always love and remember you."


Nigerian-born Ojara Ikeagwu, who lived with her husband and three children in Luton, was a social worker with Hounslow social services.

In the years The Masters degree graduate had worked there, she was praised for helping change lives as she worked with adults with learning disabilities. She was also known for her dedication to improving the lives of 500 students in her Nigerian village - giving them all free books, pens, pencils, rulers and school uniforms so they could get an education without incurring costs.

Ikeagwu, 56, had taken the train to Kings Cross, her usual route to work on the Piccadilly line when terrorists struck. She died from severe injuries she received from the blast.
Ikeagwu’s husband, Okorafor, told reporters: "Her death dealt a big blow to her family that has been difficult to recover from. The people she was helping and the people she could have helped are all suffering since her death."


Ghanaian Gladys Wundowa. 50, lived with her husband and two children in Chadwell Heath, Essex. She had been on her way to work as a cleaner at the University College London when she died from injuries she received during the Tavistock Square bus bombing. A Christian and volunteer who helped other African immigrants to settle in London, Wundowa, had recently began a course in housing management. Her husband, Emmanuel Wundowa, told the BBC: “She would give her last dime to make you comfortable. And (she was) cheerful, always smiling."

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