“Ken Saro-Wiwa was a politician, publisher and celebrated writer, well-loved in Nigeria as the creator of a long-running television sitcom. When the activities of oil and gas multinationals in the Niger river Delta threatened the very survival of farming and fishing communities there, he dared to rally these communities to oppose them. In July 1993, he was arrested on trumped up charges. Later in November 1995, he was unlawfully executed despite a global outcry. His letters to solidarity worker Sr. Majella McCarron, are collected in Silence Would be Treason and form part of an archive of materials that she presented to the NUI Maynooth library on the anniversary of his execution in November 2011.
Helen Fallon, one of the editors will join us at 5pm on 4th February to talk about this significant book.