Ogoni: In the Shadow of a Saint
In a recent episode of Witness, the life, work, and legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa is documented from the unique viewpoint of his son.
Below is an article published by Al Jazeera:
In the early 1990s, the little-known, oil-rich Ogoni region in
But Ken Saro-Wiwa's legacy has endured. At the heart of the public campaign to save his vision was another Ken Wiwa, his eldest son. Ken Wiwa Jr became a fierce advocate for the Ogoni people, travelling around the world, lobbying world leaders and mobilizing public opinion, in the hope that his father's sacrifice would not be in vain.
In The Shadow of A Saint is a fascinating glimpse into the life of a child of an extraordinary freedom fighter. Narrated by Ken Wiwa Jr, who is now based in
Along the way, Ken must come to terms with his often stormy relationship with his father, who wanted his son to join the struggle, while Ken fought to be independent. He also seeks insight by speaking to similar Africans in his predicament, such as Zindzi Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s daughter, and Nathi Biko, son of Steve Biko, who was murdered by the South African police in 1977 for fighting apartheid.
"To his people, Ken Saro-Wiwa is a saint," Ken Wiwa says. "I’m Ken Wiwa, his eldest son. The people see me as my father’s replacement. But I’m hoping that with this funeral, I will finally escape his shadow and be my own man."
A compelling film not only about a man and his son but a journey through the tumultuous passage of time in search of answers from the past.
Note: Ken Saro-Wiwa was Vice-Chair of the UNPO General Assembly from 1993-1995.