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November 10, 2012

Ken Saro-Wiwa, Father & Son

Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941 – 1995)

On this day in 1995 Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others were executed by the Nigerian government — officially for murder, unofficially for naming too many names in the nation’s “lootocracy.” Saro-Wiwa campaigned for his causes on all fronts and in all genres; though now a martyr to many, his son’s recent memoir says that living In the Shadow of a Saint (Ken Wiwa, 2000) was not easy.

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