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Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa (1941-95)

Posted by Webby on 7/31/2001 11:03:56 AM

Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa (1941-95)

Writer, publisher, businessman and human rights crusader and leader of Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (Mosop), became a household name across the world when he and eight other men were hanged by the Nigerian junta of General Sani Abacha.

He was one of the most strident critics of the Nigerian government’s neglect of the oil-producing Niger Delta region, particularly the long-suffering Ogoni people that he led. He became an icon of the human and civil rights movement in Nigeria. He was also famed internationally as an environmental activist, for his non-stop struggle towards a better life and a cleaner environment for all.

His son Ken Jr. has continued to campaign to clear his fathers name.