Ken Saro-Wiwa

1941 - 1995

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Kenule Beeson "Ken" Saro-Wiwa (10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995) was a Nigerian writer, television producer, and environmental activist. Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, an ethnic minority in Nigeria whose homeland, Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta, has been targeted for crude oil extraction since the 1950s and has suffered extreme environmental damage from decades of indiscriminate petroleum waste dumping. Initially as a spokesperson, and then as the president, of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Saro-Wiwa led a nonviolent campaign against environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland by the operations of the multinational petroleum industry, especially the Royal Dutch Shell company. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ken Saro-Wiwa has received more than 1,118,528 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Ken Saro-Wiwa is the 295th most popular social activist (down from 274th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Nigeria (down from 13th in 2019) and the most popular Nigerian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Ken Saro-Wiwa ranks 295 out of 840Before him are Millicent Fawcett, Feodosia Morozova, Bipin Chandra Pal, Maurice Bishop, Pavel Pestel, and François-Jean de la Barre. After him are Túpac Katari, Franceska Mann, Lynching of Jesse Washington, Massoud Rajavi, Nikolai Kuznetsov, and Ryu Gwansun.

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Among people born in 1941, Ken Saro-Wiwa ranks 208Before him are Carla Gravina, Esther Ofarim, Harald Nielsen, Edmund Stoiber, Prince William of Gloucester, and Leslie Lamport. After him are Wilson Pickett, Denys Arcand, Robert D. Putnam, Chrysostomos II of Cyprus, Walid Muallem, and Percy Sledge. Among people deceased in 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa ranks 113Before him are Masashi Watanabe, Fred West, J. Presper Eckert, Annie M. G. Schmidt, Erik Nilsson, and Matti Pellonpää. After him are Vladimír Dzurilla, Viktoria Brezhneva, Albert W. Tucker, Alberto Burri, Edith Pargeter, and Józef Maria Bocheński.

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Among people born in Nigeria, Ken Saro-Wiwa ranks 15 out of 309Before him are Jay-Jay Okocha (1973), Bola Tinubu (1952), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), Hakeem Olajuwon (1963), Olaudah Equiano (1745), and Sani Abacha (1943). After him are Francis Arinze (1932), Goodluck Jonathan (1957), Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (1951), Rashidi Yekini (1963), Abdulsalami Abubakar (1942), and Amos Tutuola (1920).


Among social activists born in Nigeria, Ken Saro-Wiwa ranks 1After him are Ibrahim Zakzaky (1953), and Adenike Oladosu (1994).