english biography

Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa, Ken said (Bori, October 10, 1941 – Port Harcourt, November 10, 1995), was a writer, poet, activist and television producer Nigeria. It was one of the most significant African postcolonial intellectuals.Writer eclectic debut as a playwright in the university years later to devote himself to fiction, with Forest of Flowers (his first work published in Italy with titoloForesta of flowers, 2004, Edizioni Socrates) and Sozaboy, 1985, and on television, the sign of this literature and television can be found in the happy balance between trying to give form “academic” to an Englishman rarely considered worthy of investigation (the so-called Pidgin), and popular entertainment.Saro-Wiwa to his artistic work alongside experienced a commitment to public life that saw him play first institutional roles in the seventies (and in public education in the authority port of Rivers State) and then ask themselves in direct conflict with state authorities and the Federal Government of Nigeria.Since the eighties Saro-Wiwa in fact echoes the claims of the peoples of the Niger Delta, especially of his Ogoni ethnic majority in the region, against the corporations responsible for the continuous oil spills that damage food crops and the ecosystem the area.In 1990 he promoted the Mosop (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People), the movement achieved international acclaim with a demonstration of 300,000 people Saro-Wiwa to help her release from detention without trial of several months inflicted.Arrested a second and a third time in May 1994 on charges of inciting the murder of some alleged opponents of Mosop, Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged with eight other activists Mosop at the end of a process that has sparked over strong protests from the public and international organizations for human rights. Before being hanged, Saro-Wiwa said, “The Lord will accept my soul, but the struggle continues” [1]. In April 1995, while in jail awaiting trial, he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, in recognition of his activities in the environment.In 1996 Jenny Green, a lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York launched a lawsuit against Shell to demonstrate the involvement of multinational oil in the execution of Saro-Wiwa. The process then began in May 2009, and Shell has been bargained by agreeing to pay compensation of 15 million and half dollars (11.1 million euros). Shell has however stated that he agreed to pay compensation is not guilty because of the fact but to help the “reconciliation process”. According to environmentalists, however, confidential documents show the involvement of the Shell oil company in human rights abuses in Nigeria. Commenting on the compensation, the son of writer Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr. (Ken Wiwa), while Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria for International Affairs, Peace, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, said: “I think my father would be happy with this result, “adding that” the fact that Shell has been forced to negotiate, is a clear victory for us. ” THE TESTAMENT OF KEN SARO WIWA”Mr. President, we all face of history. I am a man of peace, of ideas. I feel appalled at the shameful poverty of my people living on a generous lot of land resources; feel anger at the devastation of this Earth; I feel in a hurry to get my people to regain their right to life and a decent life. So I devoted all my intellectual and material resources to a cause in which I believe totally, on which I can not be silenced. I have no doubt that eventually win my case and no matter how many processes, how many trials I and those who believe with me in this case we encounter during our journey. Nor imprisonment nor death can stop our ultimate victory. We are not under process just me and my companions. Here is on trial Shell. But this company is now in the dock. will, however, certainly that day and the lessons that emerge from this process can be used as evidence against it, for I I say without any doubt that the war that the company has unleashed on the ecosystem of the delta region will eventually be judged and that the crimes of this war be duly punished. As will be punished the crimes committed by the company in the war against the direct Ogoni People. “

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  1. BEautiful Antonio. Thanks for posting this here!

    Pubblicato da Iquo DianaAbasi Eke | 7 giugno 2012, 06:14

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