“He cursed the earth for spouting oil – black gold they called it!”

“And as I was going, I was just thinking how the war have spoiled my town Dukana, uselessed many people, killed many others, killed my mama and my wife, Agnes, my beautiful young wife with J.J.C and now it have made me like porson wey get leprosy because I have no town again.

And I was thinking how I was prouding before to go to soza and call myself Sozaboy. But now if anybody say anything about war or even fight, I will just run and run and run and run and run. Believe me yours sincerely” Ken Saro Wiwa, Sozaboy

On this day in 1995 Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine were executed by the Nigerian government of General Sani Abacha. The Ogoni nine were murdered because they exposed the systematic ecological destruction of Ogoniland by successive Nigerian governments and their allies the multinational oil companies namely Shell, Chevron and Elf AND demanded a greater share in the oil profits from their lands. After years of campaigning the US Supreme court has finally agreed to hear a dispute between the Ogoni people and Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company which alleges Shell’s complicity in the torture and deaths of the Ogoni Nine by the Nigerian government