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General News of Friday, 10 November 2023


Ken Saro-Wiwa: 11 quick facts about the human rights activist assasinated by Abacha's govt

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The late Kenule Beeson Tsaro-Wiwa who is known popularly as Ken Saro-Wiwa was an award-winning human rights activist who met his untimely on this day in 1995 while fighting against the environmental degradation and the survival of the Ogoni people under the administration of Military head of state, Sani Abacha.

Born in 1941, the well-known Nigerian author and television producer, was president of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), an organization set up to defend the environmental and human rights of the Ogoni people who live in the Niger Delta.

28 years down the line, he remains one of the leading figures who championed the fight in the Niger Delta.

In remembrance of his death day, MyNigeria highlights some facts you should know about him

1) An exceptionally intelligent student, he won departmental prizes in the English department at the University of Ibadan.

2) The avid activist’s interest spanned across the arts. He was a member of a traveling drama troupe.

3) He was an author. Some of his popular works included the Sozaboy: A Novel In Rotten English; On a Darkling Plain, his documentation on the Civil war and Africa Kills Her Sun, a prediction of his own death

4) He produced two of Nigeria’s best television series, Basi & Company as well as Transistor Radio.

5) He was a commissioner for Education in the Old Rivers state.

6) Despite caution from the government, he continued to speak up for his people, especially against the Royal Dutch Shell Company. He was eventually tried by the government for allegedly arraigning the murder of some Ogoni chiefs and executed by hanging on the 10th of November 1995 and buried in an unmarked grave.

7) After his death, the Commonwealth of Nations suspended Nigeria for three years.

8) A street in Amsterdam is named after the activist. Also, the Rivers State

9) Polytechnic had its name changed after him by the Governor of Rivers State, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike.

10) Several international songs have been sung in honour of him.

11) He had five children with his wife, Maria. Three of his children are journalists.