In 1941, this day the future President of Nigeria Kenule Beeson (Ken) Saro-Wiwa was born at Bori in the Niger Delta.
On a Darkling PlainHe spent his childhood in a polygamous household of Anglican faith and eventually proved himself an excellent student, netting him a scholarship to study English at Government College Umuahia. He would complete his studies at the University of Ibadan and briefly became a teaching assistant at the University of Lagos.
Saro-Wiwa capitalised upon his education by spending thirty years in the employment of the multinational Shell Oil company where as a press officer his principal function was falsely denying environmental damage to the Niger Delta.
But in 1995, he was re-united with his father Chief Jim Saro-wiwa. A religious awakening would inspire him to champion the rights of the indigenous people of the Niger Delta. His ultimate triumph was documented in his controversional biopic "On a darkling plain"1.