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Ken Saro Wiwa foundation

SOYINKA,BOYD,OKARA,OTHERS CELEBRATE KEN SARO-WIWA Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Renowned British Author William Boyd, and Pioneer Niger Delta Poet Gabriel Okara will be amongst a host of prominent writers, who have come together to celebrate the Life of the writer, poet and environmental rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, in a One Off special anniversary Magazine to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa. The Magazine titled; IF I LIVE TO TELL THE TALE, Ken Saro-Wiwa Ten Years Later, is edited by a cream of top flight journalists and writers led by Nigerian scholar Ike Okonta, and will be presented publicly as part of events marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa, On November 5, 2005 at the Banquet Hall, Hotel Presidential, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Other writers and contributors include, cerebral scholar and celebrated literary icon Odia Ofeimun, famed Niger Delta intellectual and resource control advocate Prof G G Darah, Frontline human and environmental rights activist Oronto Douglas, Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action (ERA) Arc. Nnimmo Bassey, renowned literary scholar emeritus Prof Theo Vincent, Secretary–General and Chief Executive of Ethnic Minority and Indigenous Rights Organisation of Africa(EMIROAF) Alfred Ilenre and international contributors.

The memorial events of November 5, 2005, tagged Ken Saro-Wiwa 10th Year Anniversary- Remembering the past, shaping the future will also witness the formal launch of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation (KSWF) in Nigeria as the highlight of the evening.
Other activities billed for the literary evening include: a drama performance of Saro-Wiwa’s last play ‘On The Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa’, a keynote address by Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr., readings from works and writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa, by prominent Nigerian writers including ANA President Prof Olu Obafemi, Gabriel Okara, award winning female writers Promise Okekwe and Bina Nengi-Ilagha and Prof Femi Osofisan of PEN. Nigeria. Nduka Otiono, the Secretary General of ANA will be the Master of Ceremonies, in what promises to be an exciting literary evening, in Port Harcourt.
There will also be a short documentary presentation In Remembrance of Ken Saro-Wiwa and cameo Performances of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s award winning sitcom BASI & CO, by the cast of the tele-drama as well as a repeat showing of the famed episode Dead Men Don’t Bite.
November 10 2005 will mark the tenth anniversary of the execution of the writer and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, and eight other Ogoni activists and the remembrance anniversary event of November 5, 2005, will be the 1st Ken Saro-Wiwa Remembrance event to be held in Nigeria.
Expected to attend the event will be invited politicians, diplomats, international activist, journalist, literary figures and other prominent Nigerians, some of whom will give inspiring speeches.
In a joint statement issued by Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr and Dr. Owens Wiwa, Younger brother of Ken Saro Wiwa, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Ken, they said that “Ken fought the good fight with his pipe and always with an engaging smile. A patriot and fiercely proud of his Ogoni roots, Ken was the embodiment of a Nigerian, an African and a writer who dedicated his life and his work to a cause. On November 5th, we celebrate Ken’s aesthetic vision and his success in realizing the ultimate artistic accolade to place his struggle and his people on the map of globe consciousness”.
The establishment of a foundation in of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s name is to celebrate honour and enshrine his legacy for posterity. Its mission statement includes “the protection of the natural environment, to promote the human rights of its defenders and to support grassroots organizations and individuals in furthering the cause of peace, freedom and justice”.
The statement further said that the Foundation stands not only as a monument to his memory, but also as a vibrant institution dedicated to the principles for which he died. It is part of the process of restoring dignity to Ken Saro-Wiwa and we hope it will illuminate the way forward for the Ogonis, Niger Delta, and Nigeria.
The statement finally said that the Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation (KSWF) is a socially driven organization encouraging and facilitating the use of the tools of critical thinking, dialogue and enlightened public debate to advance the cause of marginalized peoples in Africa. The Foundation’s activities will be focused in the areas of minority rights and citizenship, public art, sustainable livelihoods and public education.
The 10th anniversary remembrance events of November 5, 2005, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria will compliment the global literary fiesta, in over 30 countries around the world, to celebrate the life of the writer, activist, icon and martyr, Ken Saro-Wiwa.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE EVENT PLEASE CONTACT:
Ken Wiwa. 0803 233 2464
Owens Wiwa o.wiwa@utoronto.ca 0803 303 5233
David Diai. ddiai@yahoo.com 0803 760 1838

Posted Date: 
3 November 2005 - 3:29pm