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

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

by Abdul Rasheed Na'allah
     
 

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.… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865436473
Publisher:
Africa World Press
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Foreword
IIntroduction3
IITribute and Condemnation
And Justice for All? The Two Faces of Nigeria33
The Ogoni Question and the Role of the International Community in Nigeria41
Death of a Writer49
For Ken Saro-Wiwa: African Postcolonial Relations Through a Prism of Tragedy57
Elegy for Nine Warriors81
The Man Who Asked Tall Questions86
Ken Saro-Wiwa90
Remembrance of a Certain Death in Nigeria91
Farewell, Ken Saro-Wiwa!92
At Ken's94
A Village Owns the Voice of the Cock95
Tom-toms97
For Ken Saro-Wiwa98
Ogoni People, the Oil Wells of Nigeria99
Ogoni, the Eagle Birds' Agony in the Delta Woods101
IIIInside/Out
Not an Internal Affair105
Oil resources: Hegemonic Politics and the Struggle for Re-inventing Post-colonial Nigeria109
Death and the King's Henchmen: Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Political Ecology of Citizenship in Nigeria121
Ken's Blues161
Delta Blues162
Upon Receiving an Invitation to a Memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa165
Thunder from the Mountains166
The Lie167
Why?168
Daga ni sai kai169
I will Keep you in my Heart174
Good Morning Nigeria175
IVLament, Struggle
Ken Saro-Wiwa Echo179
The Writer and the Junta187
Ken Saro-Wiwa - in Short, a Giant195
Wails199
On Seeing a Dead Body at Oshodi203
The Scorching Sun204
Delta206
Slick Shells207
Heavy Curtains208
But the Dream was Stollen ...210
Tyrants212
Siege213
Not for Long216
Liberation in our Time217
Towards the Light219
Zani Fada - I shall Fight!221
Fists that can Move the Universe225
VWorks
Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy and the Logic of Minority Discourse229
Ken Saro-Wiwa: Writer and Cultural Manager241
Ken Saro-Wiwa255
Sewing a Path from the Tatters269
Song of the Season271
My Red Beret272
Crossroads275
Confession from a Sex Clinic276
The Sea277
When Rain Falls278
Song of Hope281
VIPolitics, Satire
Civil Critiques: Satire and the Politics of Democratic Transition in Ken Saro-Wiwa's Novels285
Saro-Wiwa and the Politics of Language in African Literature307
The Mosquito and the Ear319
The Nigerian Cockroaches321
The Million Naira March322
Zomo and Bushiya in the Nigerian Forest323
Made in Nigeria325
VIIInterviews with Ken Saro-Wiwa
They are Killing my People329
We will Defend our Oil with our Blood343
Ken Saro-Wiwa: A Bio-bibliography363
Notes on the Contributors379
Index385

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