Ogoni: Renowned Author writes about Self-Determination for the Ogoni Peoples.
Below is article published by 234next.com:The public presentation of “When Citizens Revolt: Nigerian Elites, Big Oil and the Ogoni Struggle”, written by Ike Okonta, will hold at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) on Tuesday April 27 by 10am.
The book chronicles the Ogoni struggle for self-determination and the role of oil multinationals in the events that led to the hanging of writer, environmentalist and minority rights activist, Ken Saro Wiwa.
Mr. Okonta, currently a scholar with the Open Society Institute, New York, in the book, posited that ethnicity in not necessarily antithetical to democracy but an indispensable aspect of democratic citizenship in a multi-ethnic state like Nigeria.
Expected at the public presentation are former Petroleum Minister, Tam David West, a noted critic of General Babangida; former Lagos State governor, Ahmed Bola Tinubu; Kayode Fayemi and Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International (FoEI).
Mr. Okonta also coauthored of “Where Vultures Feast: Shell, Human Rights and Oil” with Oronto Douglas, now a Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President. His fiction has also won him many laurels, including as a finalist of the Caine Prize.