Silence Would Be Treason. Last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa


Corley, Ide and Fallon, Helen and Cox, Laurence (2017) Silence Would Be Treason. Last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa. Daraja Press. ISBN 978-1-988832-04-3

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Abstract

THESE LETTERS AND poems are invaluable fragments of a living conversation that portrays the indomitable power in humans to stay alive in the face of certain death — to stay alive even in death. Reading through the treasure trove of the letters and poems compiled here as The Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa evoked such intense memories of his resolute struggles against an oil behemoth and a deaf autocratic government. His crusade frames one of the most tumultuous periods of Nigeria’s history; his tragic story evokes anger and demands action to resolve the crises that hrst led the Ogoni people to demand that Shell clean up Ogoni or clear out of the territory. It was his leadership, in great part, that forced Shell out of Ogoni in January 1993. These letters are a testament of hope. Being one side of robust conversations between two persons that many would hnd unlikely as close friends, we learn the lessons that indeed ‘friends love at all times and brothers (and sisters) are born for adversity’, as a proverb in the Bible states. This is where we must applaud Sister Majella McCarron for preserving and making public these letters that Ken Saro-Wiwa wrote to her between 20 October 1993 and 14 September 1995.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Ken Saro-Wiwa; Sister Majella McCarron; Ogoni; MOSOP; Niger Delta; Shell; Royal Dutch Shell; MOSOP; oil; Nigeria;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > English
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
University Library
Item ID: 8940
Depositing User: Helen Fallon
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2017 15:18
Publisher: Daraja Press
Refereed: Yes
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