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, 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 which has suffered extreme environmental damage from decades of indiscriminate petroleum waste dumping.Initially as spokesperson, and then as 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. He is also known as a critic of the Nigerian government, for its allegedly reluctant behavior to enforce environmental regulations on the foreign petroleum companies operating in the area.At the peak of his non-violent campaign, he was tried by a special military tribunal for allegedly masterminding the gruesome murder of Ogoni chiefs at a pro-government meeting, and hanged in 1995 by the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ken Saro-Wiwa has received more than 770,490 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Ken Saro-Wiwa is the 262nd most popular social activist (down from 242nd in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Nigeria (up from 14th in 2019) and the most popular Nigerian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Ken Saro-Wiwa ranks 262 out of 544Before him are Paul Watson, Wessel Freytag von Loringhoven, William Howard Russell, Policarpa Salavarrieta, Nancy Wake, and Beppe Grillo. After him are Nimr al-Nimr, Ricardo Flores Magón, Édouard René de Laboulaye, Muhamed Mehmedbašić, Gaius Hostilius Mancinus, and Charles Boycott.

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Among people born in 1941, Ken Saro-Wiwa ranks 204Before him are Chucho Valdés, Boris Vallejo, Bohdan Stupka, Fionnula Flanagan, Michael Apted, and Laisenia Qarase. After him are Ignazio Giunti, Hernando de Soto Polar, Federico Faggin, Nate Thurmond, Edmund Stoiber, and Salvador Sadurní. Among people deceased in 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa ranks 111Before him are Václav Ježek, Rudolf Peierls, Anatoly Tarasov, Ann Dunham, Giancarlo Baghetti, and Edith Pargeter. After him are Georgy Beregovoy, Jerry Garcia, Osvaldo Pugliese, Erik Nilsson, Lev Polugaevsky, and Alberto Burri.

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Among people born in Nigeria, Ken Saro-Wiwa ranks 13 out of 200Before him are Tony Allen (1940), Sade (1959), Hakeem Olajuwon (1963), Usman dan Fodio (1754), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), and Olaudah Equiano (1745). After him are Jay-Jay Okocha (1973), Francis Arinze (1932), Sani Abacha (1943), Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (1951), Amos Tutuola (1920), and Shehu Shagari (1925).


Among social activists born in Nigeria, Ken Saro-Wiwa ranks 1