20 Years On, Nigerians Remember Ken Saro-Wiwa

November 10, 2015

On November 10th 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 other MOSOP leaders were executed by Nigerian military personnel.

Their deaths led to a national and international outcry and resulted in Nigeria’s suspension from the Commonwealth Nations for four years.

MOSOP (Movement for the Survivial for the Ogoni People) fought against the unregulated and illegal activities of oil companies such as Shell.

The activities of these oil companies resulted in severe environmental degradation of the Niger Delta region among other things.

 In 1993, Saro-Wiwa and 8 other MOSOP chiefs were arrested and tried for the murder of 4 Ogoni chiefs.

Ken Saro-Wiwa and the other 8 men continuously denied their involvement and 2 years later, while in prison, they were woken in their sleep and hanged.

The secret trial and conviction of Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues, the failure to allow an appeal and the subsequent murders of the 9 men showed the many flaws of our then military-regime.

Today, 20 years later, Nigerians all over the world remember the legend of Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Saro-Wiwa was known as an environmental activist, Ogoni leader, poet and writer who campaigned against the pollution caused by the oil industry in the Niger Delta region. For his heroic activism he was awarded the Goldman environmental prize.

Many are angered by the Nigerian Customs refusal to allow the art piece in honour of Saro-Wiwa into the country.

The Bus memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa and the other 8 Ogoni men was made by artist Sokari Douglas Camp in 2006.

Saro-Wiwa’s supporters are also calling for a posthumous pardon.

And rightly so!

His son, Ken Saro-Wiwa junior, continues to speak on his father’s legacy.

And today released an article in remembrance.

While the Ogoni people have won 2 landmark cases against Shell, the multinational is yet to clean up Ogoniland and the Niger Delta region.

But because of the great work and heroism of Ken Saro-Wiwa and others, these unfortunate crimes against the Niger Delta people have not gone unnoticed.

Ken Saro-Wiwa (October 10, 1941 – November 10, 1995), a true Nigerian hero.

You'll like this

January 16, 2020

If you grew up in Nigeria and aren’t Igbo, chances are that you probably heard about the Nigerian civil war in detail at a later part of your life. This is because shockingly, an important part of our history is left out of the school curriculum. Seeing as we are entering the decade of intense […]

Avatar

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

October 10, 2019

2019 is certainly Burna Boy’s year, but, if we are being honest, so was 2018. Since his transcendent mixtape, Outside, the afro-fusion star has refused to get his foot of our necks — dropping a string of fantastic singles and then capping it all off with his career-best album, African Giant.  So, in a bid […]

December 3, 2019

Are you a professional Yoruba demon? Are you walking around in search of whose life you can wreck at any given time? Well, this quiz knows exactly how many hearts you’ve shattered to date, and before you lie that your result is inaccurate, just remember that Zikoko is never wrong. Now, take it and be […]

November 25, 2019

We already guessed how many people you’ve slept with, and y’all were out here denying the truth. Anyway, we won’t hold that against you. This time, however, we’ve created a quiz that predicts who you’ll sleep with next — so you can either prepare or try (unsuccessfully) to prevent it. So, take and see:

April 14, 2020

Every friend group consists of very different and specific characters — from the parent to the fun one — and it can be a little tough figuring out where you fall. So, we’ve created a quiz that lets you know exactly what kind of friend you are. Take to find out:

October 29, 2019

We are going to be attempting to guess when you’ll marry based on your favourite Nigerian foods. What does your fave swallow have to do with when you’ll tie the knot? Please, don’t ask complicated questions. This quiz is rigorous and accurate (don’t quote us), so just take it already.

are you ready to get married
February 26, 2020

Are you all set for marriage, or are you still figuring it out? Well, if you’re curious to know the answer, then this is the quiz for you. All you have to do is create your own ideal Nollywood wedding film, and we’ll tell you if you’re ready to say “I do”. Go ahead:

More from Citizen

zikoko - third mainland bridge shut down
July 6, 2020

Breaking News: Third Mainland Bridge will be shut down for repairs from the 24th of July, 2020. This headline makes very little sense because Lagos has been on lockdown back to back for months. That’s months of nobody being out on the bridge, months that could have been used to do this maintenance work but […]

July 1, 2020

My Bookclub recently read “So you’ve been publicly shamed” by Jon Ronson. The book talks about the history of public shaming and the re-emergence of public shaming due to Social media. Notably on Twitter. Here’s what some members had to say about the issue of public shaming. Read and share your thoughts with us. Anu/Female. […]

June 30, 2020

Ever since the lockdown eased up, there has been a relaxed atmosphere among Nigerians. Fewer people are wearing masks and there are “small parties” happening all over the country. Understandably, people are tired.  How worried would you feel if you avoided these parties, followed the necessary guidelines, and still got COVID-19? Today, Lisa and Tomiwa […]

June 18, 2020

“Where is Seyitan?” is the question everyone is currently asking on social media. In the past few weeks, cases of gender-based violence and rape have been on the rise in the news: Justice For Uwa, Tina and Barakat. This has encouraged more Nigerian women to tell their stories of sexual assault and name abusers online […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.
February 6, 2020
Who doesn't want to find love? In our bid to help, we paired up a bunch of single Nigerians, sending them on an all-expense paid date, and interviewing them before and after they met.
January 27, 2020
Nigerians Talk is what happened when a motley crew of young Nigerians were put in front of a camera and asked a bunch of apparently random questions about life, love, money and more.
September 24, 2019
A group of Zikoko staff go on a road trip to every mainland country in ECOWAS West Africa

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X