Politics of Bones

Politics of Bones

Dr. Owens Wiwa and the Struggle for Nigeria's Oil

Book - 2005
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The gripping story of a people's battle against a corrupt government and a powerful oil company. On November 10, 1995, Nigeria's military dictatorship executed nine environmental activists. Among them was Ken Saro-Wiwa, the charismatic spokesman of the Ogoni people, whose land in the fertile Niger River delta has been grotesquely polluted by Royal Dutch Shell Corporation. During Ken's incarceration on a trumped-up murder charge, his brother, Dr. Owens Wiwa, fought valiantly to save his life -- even though he himself was on his government's most-wanted list. When his quest failed, Owens narrowly escaped Nigeria with his life, fleeing the country on foot with his wife and newborn son, first to London, where he was embraced by the likes of Anita Roddick and Doris Lessing, and then to Toronto, where he now lives. Owens Wiwa has taken up his brother's environmental crusade and fought, against terrible odds, to have his brother's remains returned to the family for a proper burial. His story is a heart-stopping saga of personal courage and official corruption, of individual selflessness and corporate greed, of a man's abiding love for his brother and extraordinary determination to honour him.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : McClelland & Stewart : 2005
ISBN: 9780771041549
Branch Call Number: 966.9 W79p
Characteristics: 389p illus


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