Ken Saro Wiwa Jr, prominent international journalist and Ken Saro Wiwa’s son, has passed on. His father was a slain Nigerian environmentalist and media personality.
His sister Noo Saro-Wiwa confirmed his death in London after he suffered a stroke at the age of 47.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr passed away suddenly. His family are devastated and request privacy at this difficult time.”
Saro Wiwa Jr. has served as an adviser to 3 Nigerian presidents. In 2006, he was appointed a special adviser on peace and conflict resolution by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo; an adviser on international affairs for former President Umaru Yar’Adua and later was a Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
The death of Ken Saro Wiwa Jr unavoidably takes the mind back to his father’s legacy over 20 years ago.
Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Sr was a renowned Nigerian writer, TV producer and environmental activist. Before his death he won the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize.
He was a critic of the Nigerian government in his days.
Ken Saro Wiwa Sr was killed in 1995 for leading a protest against the industrial damages done to Ogoni environment. The nature romantic and respecter of the environment accused oil companies such as Shell of polluting their environs with oil wastes and operations.
Saro Wiwa was killed for this. He was arrested and tried by the military tribunal under the leadership of Gen. Sani Abacha. He was accused of piloting the death of some Ogoni chiefs. He died by hanging.
However his death drew a whole lot of international attention and outbursts. His death earned Nigeria a 3-year suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations.
It is really a shame that after this nature advocate laid down his life for the good of Ogoniland, the region is still in a pathetic state. In fact it is now a lot worse than it was in the 90’s.
The deceased Ken Saro Wiwa’s son wrote this in UK Guardian newspaper, 2015:
“If my father were alive today he would be dismayed that Ogoniland still looks like the devastated region that spurred him to action.”
“There is little evidence to show that it sits on one of the world’s richest deposits of oil and gas.”
Ogoniland is seriously polluted that the UN estimates that it will take about 30 years to clear up the region.
It is recalled that the dilapidated state of the region is the bone of contention between the Nigerian government and the Niger Delta militants.
The major concern of Ogoniland is that an environment as grossly violated as the region is a formidable health threat for the indwellers.