Mittwoch, 10. November 2010

In Memory of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine

damhsaigh d'fhearg dance your exasperation
damhsaigh do ghliondar dance your euphoria
damhsaigh na gunnaí dance the gun
chun suain to soothing
damhsaigh dance

- Ken Saro-Wiwa, from a mural painting in County Mayo, Ireland

The Ogoni Nine were a group of nine activists from the Ogoni region of Nigeria, including outspoken author and playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine, who were executed in November 1995 by the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha.
The executions provoked international condemnation and led to the increasing treatment of Nigeria as a pariah state until General Abacha's mysterious death in 1998. Saro-Wiwa had previously been a critic of the Royal Dutch Shell oil corporation, and had been imprisoned for a year prior to the executions in November 1995.
At least two witnesses who testified that Saro-Wiwa was involved in the murders of the Ogoni elders later recanted, stating that they had been bribed with money and offers of jobs with Shell to give false testimony – in the presence of Shell’s lawyer.

- From Wikipedia


Mural painting of Chris Philbin & John Monaghan

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