Ogoni's Agonies: Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Crisis in Nigeria / Edition 1

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Ogoni's Agonies responds to the current crisis of postcolonial Nigeria. The killing of writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others by the Nigerian Military regime serves as a watershed for re-examining the roles of multinational companies in contemporary Africa, and the collaborations of military dictatorship in the perpetuation of human and environmental abuses in Nigeria. This book takes on that re-examination in scholarly writing, in interviews and in poetry. The book offers a wide range of perspectives on the crisis. It includes detailed historical analyses of the Ogoni people, of Nigerian politics, and of the international responses to the Saro-Wiwa execution. It also includes a strong body of critical responses to the work of Ken Saro-Wiwa, and to his importance as a Nigerian intellectual and activist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865436473
  • Publisher: Africa World Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction 3
II Tribute and Condemnation
And Justice for All? The Two Faces of Nigeria 33
The Ogoni Question and the Role of the International Community in Nigeria 41
Death of a Writer 49
For Ken Saro-Wiwa: African Postcolonial Relations Through a Prism of Tragedy 57
Elegy for Nine Warriors 81
The Man Who Asked Tall Questions 86
Ken Saro-Wiwa 90
Remembrance of a Certain Death in Nigeria 91
Farewell, Ken Saro-Wiwa! 92
At Ken's 94
A Village Owns the Voice of the Cock 95
Tom-toms 97
For Ken Saro-Wiwa 98
Ogoni People, the Oil Wells of Nigeria 99
Ogoni, the Eagle Birds' Agony in the Delta Woods 101
III Inside/Out
Not an Internal Affair 105
Oil resources: Hegemonic Politics and the Struggle for Re-inventing Post-colonial Nigeria 109
Death and the King's Henchmen: Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Political Ecology of Citizenship in Nigeria 121
Ken's Blues 161
Delta Blues 162
Upon Receiving an Invitation to a Memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa 165
Thunder from the Mountains 166
The Lie 167
Why? 168
Daga ni sai kai 169
I will Keep you in my Heart 174
Good Morning Nigeria 175
IV Lament, Struggle
Ken Saro-Wiwa Echo 179
The Writer and the Junta 187
Ken Saro-Wiwa - in Short, a Giant 195
Wails 199
On Seeing a Dead Body at Oshodi 203
The Scorching Sun 204
Delta 206
Slick Shells 207
Heavy Curtains 208
But the Dream was Stollen ... 210
Tyrants 212
Siege 213
Not for Long 216
Liberation in our Time 217
Towards the Light 219
Zani Fada - I shall Fight! 221
Fists that can Move the Universe 225
V Works
Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy and the Logic of Minority Discourse 229
Ken Saro-Wiwa: Writer and Cultural Manager 241
Ken Saro-Wiwa 255
Sewing a Path from the Tatters 269
Song of the Season 271
My Red Beret 272
Crossroads 275
Confession from a Sex Clinic 276
The Sea 277
When Rain Falls 278
Song of Hope 281
VI Politics, Satire
Civil Critiques: Satire and the Politics of Democratic Transition in Ken Saro-Wiwa's Novels 285
Saro-Wiwa and the Politics of Language in African Literature 307
The Mosquito and the Ear 319
The Nigerian Cockroaches 321
The Million Naira March 322
Zomo and Bushiya in the Nigerian Forest 323
Made in Nigeria 325
VII Interviews with Ken Saro-Wiwa
They are Killing my People 329
We will Defend our Oil with our Blood 343
Ken Saro-Wiwa: A Bio-bibliography 363
Notes on the Contributors 379
Index 385
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2001

    Timely, very educative!

    This book is a timely response to the Ogoni crisis in Nigeria, and it presents highly informed writers from around the world who have done justice to every issue they discussed. The combination of essays, poetry and interview make the book quite special. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in Nigeria, and especially in one of the crises that almost destroy that country towards the end of the twentieth century. Thank God military dictatorship is becoming a think of the past in Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2000

    Good Tribute; Nothing New

    This book, like IN DEFENCE OF MUMIA, is limited in its value, as it is a tribute to a fine man's career. If a rehash of old criticism is what's wanted, then this is it. The tributary poems are good, earnest pieces.

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