Ken Saro- Wiwa

Ken Saro Wiwa

Kenule (Ken) Beeson Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, activist, tv presenter born on the 10th of October, 1995 to an Ogoni chief, Chief Jim Wiwa. Ken Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, a minority tribe in Nigeria. His homeland, Ogoniland situated in the Niger Delta had been targeted for crude oil extraction since 1950, thus suffering from environmental damages from the dumping of petroleum wastes.
He was also the president of MOSOP (Movement of Survival of the Ogoni People) which led a non- violent campaign against the environmental degradation of Ogoniland by the petroleum industries, especially the Royal Dutch Shell company.
During the non-violent campaign, Ken Saro-Wiwa was tried by a military tribunal for allegedly leading and planning the murder of some Ogoni chiefs at a pro- government meeting. He was later executed alongside 8 other MOSOP leaders by hanging on the 10th of November, 1995, by the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha.
This provoke international anger and resulted in Nigeria’s suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations for over three (3) years.


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