Launch of ebook at Ken Saro-Wiwa Memorial Event

 

Maynooth University Library yesterday held a seminar to mark the 22nd anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight colleagues - known as the 'Ogoni Nine'. The seminar was followed by the launch of the e-book Silence Would Be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa.

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Sr. Majella McCarron launches Silence Would Be Treason e-book.


The keynote address at this year's Ken Saro-Wiwa commemoration was delivered by Mr. Mark Dummett who is a Business and Human Rights researcher at Amnesty International. Mr. Dummett previously worked as a correspondent for the BBC. 

Other speakers included Fr. Samuel Udogbu – a Spiritan priest from Nigeria –  and Mr. Graham Kay, both doctoral students at Maynooth University. Fr. Udogbu gave an update from a recent trip to the Ogoni region. He reported that the UN Environmental Protection report, which highlights the extent of pollution in the Niger Delta, is prominent on people's minds.

Mr. Kay's address focused on research trips to London and Berlin. He is completing his doctoral studies at the third level institute under the Ken Saro-Wiwa Postgraduate Scholarship programme. The Leitrim native expects to complete his research, which focuses on oil and World War 1, in four months time.

Yesterday's event concluded with the launch of the 'Silence Would Be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa' e-book by Sr. Majella McCarron, OLA.

In her remarks to accompany the launch, Sr. Majella thanked those who had helped to share the Ogoni message across the world:

"In his last letter to me, Ken said 'Don't ever forget the Ogoni people'. Thanks to the community of solidarity for making this possible."

Yesterday's event was attended by many people from across Ireland and overseas. Representatives of the 'Love Leitrim' and 'Shell to Sea' campaigns were also present along with members of groups from Monaghan, Dublin and further afield.

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Sr. Patience Ezimigbo, OLA with Sr. Majella McCarron, OLA.


The Ogoni Nine campaigned against oil production in an area of the Niger Delta, claiming that it caused extreme environmental damage arising from years of exploitation. The group were later sent to prison. All nine members of the Ogoni group were controversially executed on November 10th, 1995. 

Sr. Majella McCarron, OLA, first met Mr. Saro-Wiwa while she was lecturing at the University of Lagos in 1993. She subsequently became his messenger to the outside world while he and the the other members of the Ogoni Nine were imprisoned. During this time, Mr. Saro-Wiwa sent 28 letters and 27 poems to Sr. Majella. These letters and poems have since been donated by Sr. Majella to Maynooth University to form part of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Archive.The letters and poems also formed the basis of Silence Would Be Treason which was compiled by Helen Fallon, Laurence Cox and Íde Corley.

A recording of the event is available via the You Tube link below.


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An image of the front cover of Silence Would Be Treason. The ebook may be downloaded (for free) via http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/8940/

 

Links

  • Click here to download the Silence Would be Treason ebook.
  • Click here for more on the commemoration event.
  • Listen here to the Ken Saro-Wiwa Archive.