Magazine article New Internationalist

A Month and A Day & Letters

Magazine article New Internationalist

A Month and A Day & Letters

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Books A Month And A Day & Letters by Ken Saro-Wiwa (Ayebia Clarke Publishing ISBN 0 9547023 52)

A decade has passed since Ken Saro-Wiwa was judicially murdered on trumped-up charges by the military dictatorship of the Nigerian ruler Sani Abacha. He was hanged, together with eight other campaigners, for defending the rights of the Ogoni people, despite worldwide condemnation and a concerted campaign led by his fellow writers and prominent world figures.

To mark the anniversary of this barbaric act and to celebrate the life of a remarkable man, the estimable Ayebia Clarke publishing house has brought out a new edition of the 'Detention Diary' Saro-Wiwa wrote in July 1993. Also included in this volume are a series of clandestine letters to friends, written during Saro-Wiwa's imprisonment, his final statement to the military tribunal that condemned him (which he was not allowed to read out) and, movingly, two letters written by his son Ken Wiwa to his late father. …

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