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Editor says, what if Ken Saro-Wiwa the inspirational leader of the Ogoni people had survived and won out? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Generals thread.
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.