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  • Title: A Month and a Day: A Detention Diary
  • Author: Ken Saro-Wiwa WilliamBoyd
  • ISBN: 9780140259148
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback

  • In May 1994, Ken Saro Wiwa, together with eight others, was arrested in Nigeria for the murder of four men who had been killed during a riot following a political rally Though there was overwhelming evidence of his innocence, Saro Wiwa was imprisoned for eighteen months He and his co defendants were eventually found guilty in a show trial and sentenced to be hanged DespIn May 1994, Ken Saro Wiwa, together with eight others, was arrested in Nigeria for the murder of four men who had been killed during a riot following a political rally Though there was overwhelming evidence of his innocence, Saro Wiwa was imprisoned for eighteen months He and his co defendants were eventually found guilty in a show trial and sentenced to be hanged Despite massive international publicity and outcries against the mockery of justice these acts represented, on November 10, 1995, the executions were carried out.A Month A Day is the moving last memoir of the man who gave voice to the campaign for the basic rights of the Ogoni people of Nigeria Saro Wiwa was an outspoken critic of the despotic Nigerian military regime and of the international oil companies, notably Shell, which he held responsible for the destruction of his homeland Yet, despite the brutal government campaign against the Ogoni, he always advocated peaceful and non violent protest The book is framed by Saro Wiwa s account of an earlier effort to silence him, when he was arrested in mid 1993 He lays out both the experience of detention and the story of his involvement with the Ogoni cause He was eventually released as a result of intense international pressure, only to be arrested again the next year, shortly after finishing this book he remained in prison until his death from back cover
    Ken Saro-Wiwa WilliamBoyd
    Kenule Ken Beeson Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize 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 was also an outspoken critic of the Nigerian government, which he viewed as reluctant to enforce environmental regulations on the foreign petroleum companies operating in the area.At the peak of his non violent campaign, Saro Wiwa was arrested, hastily tried by a special military tribunal, and hanged in 1995 by the military government of General Sani Abacha, all on charges widely viewed as entirely politically motivated and completely unfounded His execution provoked international outrage and resulted in Nigeria s suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations for over three years.


    Commentaires:

    Samir Rawas Sarayji
    This memoir, by writer and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, is an account of his one month and a day in detention (21 June – 22 July 1993) during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. Ironically, after Babangida seized power from a coup in 1985, he appointed Saro-Wiwa in 1987 (who had then returned to the political scene) to assist in aiding the country’s transition to democracy. When Saro-Wiwa realized the sham of Babangida’s policies and foresaw that he had no actual inte [...]

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    Ehae
    Reading is a great way to remember what we would prefer to forget. As a Nigerian, reading this book written by Ken Saro-Wiwa, about his cause for the Ogoni, and a portion of the trials he suffered, made me so sad. It made me so sad to know that we all inflict suffering on each other, in whatever form it takes. Selfishness and greed have been revealed in history through slavery, colonialism, and even the style that many African governments have taken. The Ogoni problem and the problem of all grou [...]

    Efe
    Three stars are mainly for the content, not the prose. The wrtiting is pretty bad, however, it is such a complete and utter blow-by-blow of Saro-Wiwa's arrests, detentions and involvement in the Niger Delta liberation efforts that I couldn't help but be generous. Additionally, given that the diary was written under such duress, the power of the book is undeniable.

    Angie Fehl
    Ken Saro-Wiwa, a member himself of the Ogoni community he dedicated his life to defending, was a Nigerian activist, author, college professor, successful tv writer / producer. Additionally, he held various Nigerian government positions at one time or another, such as Commissioner of the Land / Transport / Education Departments. He turned to writing professionally in the 1980s.Regarding his activism, Saro-Wiwa was outspoken critic of the Nigerian military (at least of those in charge of it anyway [...]

    Kusaimamekirai
    Ken Saro-Wiwa was an altogether remarkable man. He had been a Nigerian businessman, radio and television producer, civil servant, writer, poet, and later activist for his native region of Ogoni in the southern part of the country.The Ogoni are a small ethnic minority forced into a federation with other small ethnic minorities that has traditionally been ignored and marginalised first by the colonial powers, and later by successive Nigerian dictatorships. It is, and was, these dictatorships that [...]

    sdw
    Reading Ken Saro-Wiwa's detention diary, written just two years before he was killed for his political activism, is haunting. This memoir gives the story of his month and a day detention in 1993. The middle chapters step back, however, providing the broader political and economic narrative to understand Ken Saro-Wiwa's political project, including his relationship to literature and western environmentalism. Here Saro-Wiwa narrates the founding of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People [...]

    Michael Trousdell
    An amazing story. Ken is modern hero; an example of what we should all aspire to be. He was a successful business man, TV producer and writer who spent his lasts days demanding fair treatment of all people and protection of the Earth's fragile ecosystems. A year after writing this book (1995) he was hung along with 8 other Ogoni leaders by the military dictators running the Nigerian government at the time. An attempt to silence their demands for fair treatment of the peoples and environment of t [...]

    Dowell Oba
    I was totally moved by this book based on Ken Saro-Wiwa's detention diary, where he was imprisoned unjustly for a month and a day. I learnt a lot from all the flashbacks narrating his achievements as a writer, publisher, presenter of Basi & Co, and the effective role he played in the creation of Rivers State during and after the Nigerian Civil War. His freedom fight for the rights for the Ogoni people from the oppressive hands of Shell and the then dictatorial military government is one I to [...]

    Dan
    ken saro-wiwa was a nigerian human rights activist who was executed by his own government (in 1994) shortly after writing this book. as "a detention diary", a month and a day really does read like ajournal-- albeit one without much introspection and, at times, an over-reliance on manifestos and declarations. but it doesn't seem written for particularly aesthetic pruposes. instead, saro-wiwa provides a clear portrait of the ogoni minority to which he belonged-- how they were marginalized by the n [...]

    Tinea
    More a scrapbook of a movement (speeches, letters, etc.) than a detention diary. The last line, how he couldn't write about the last year's events because he was back in jail and was worried about further repression, how he would write that tale in his next book, "if I live to write it." Saro-Wiwa was executed soon after, for a murder in a town on a day when the government had prevented him from even going near the area. More to say, but rushed for time to say. I want to read his novels.

    Smoothw
    Not really a good book by conventional measures, being obviously written in haste and being more of an extended political pamphlet rather rather than a detailed memoir of his detention, still gets three stars because this is a document of a brave and reasonable man who was executed by a corrupt and unjust state.

    AskHistorians
    A wonderful diary written by Wiwa when he was being held captive by the Nigerian government for his activism on behalf of the Ogoni people and his struggle against Shell oil. Important read for post colonial politics.

    Heidi
    I'm sorry Ken Saro-Wiwa, you did a lot of good but your book is immensely boring. I usually try to finish the books I start but this I couldn't. It has 234 pages. It has been next to my bed for two years now and I've gotten to the page 142. Sorry, I give up.

    Lisa
    An important book that exposes some unpalatable facts, but it's not very readable.

    Taya'an Jr.
    This will not be the last of Saro Wiwa's books that I will read. definitely not.

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