Remembering Ken

 "I tell you this, I may be dead but my ideas will not die" Ken Saro-Wiwa 1995.

In 1990, Saro-Wiwa started
to dedicate himself to the amelioration of the problems of the oil
producing regions of the Niger Delta. Focusing on his homeland, Ogoni,
he launched a non-violent movement for social and ecological justice.
In this role he attacked the oil companies and the Nigerian government
accusing them of waging an ecological war against the Ogoni and
precipitating the genocide of the Ogoni people. He was so effective,
that by 1993 the oil companies had to pull out of Ogoni. This cost him
his life.

 

Ogoni_f_1"Ken died because of your own riches and my own riches, for your life and for my own life. Abacha used his army to arrest him and kill him. His last words are that we should use our brains and our pens to fight the battle." Ogoni Women’s Song.

"Divide and rule. Men are presently being encouraged to support shell but women will never agree.The problem women in Ogoni are facing now is this coming of shell again because being widows our children being orphans shell coming back they should be prepared to dig a mass grave for the whole of Ogoni people not excluding women – the whole of Ogoni people".

"Tell the world that shell has come back again, creating war, creating problem in Ogoni land again" 

the paLinks:

Life and Death Struggle of Ken Saro-Wiwa: A History of the Stuggle for Justice in the Niger Delta

The Niger Delta Today

Niger Delta

Books:

The Next Gulf: London, Washington and the Oil Conflict in Nigeria.
Written by: Andy Rowell, James Marriott & Lorne Stockman, November 2005
Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems Inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Edited by: Nii Ayikwei Parkes & Kadija George, November 2005
The Politics of Bones: Dr. Owens Wiwa and the Struggle for Nigeria’s Oil.
Written by: J Timothy Hunt, September 2005
Ogoni’s Agonies: Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Crisis in Nigeria
Edited by: Abdul Rasheed Na’Allah, 1998
Where Vultures Feast
By Ike Okonta and Oronto Douglas

Books by Ken Saro-Wiwa
A Month and a Day: Detention Diary, 1995

The Singing Anthill: Ogoni Folk Tales,1991
Sozaboy: A Novel In Rotten English, 1985
Mr B is Dead, 1991