by Ken Wiwa
The writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed by Nigeriaís military dictatorship in 1995. An outspoken critic of military rule, he helped bring the environmental and human-rights abuses of Shell Oil and the Nigerian military before the world. The name Ken Saro-Wiwa became synonymous with the struggle between a traditional way of life and the juggernaut of global commercial interests. In the Shadow of a Saint comprises a history of modern Nigeria, a biography of an activist, and a frank depiction of the authorís childhood and relationship with his controversial father. The book shines light on how Wiwa made his way in the shadow of his fatherís expectations, how he came to terms with his fatherís imprisonment and execution, and how he coped under international scrutiny.
Hardcover: 247 pages