Green Heroes pp 177-180 | Cite as

Oil Is Blood – The Fight of Ken Saro-Wiwa

  • László Erdős


Ken Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian writer. In 1990 he abandoned literature and devoted himself to environmental and social causes. After commercial oil drilling had started in the Niger Delta in 1958, oil spills became everyday events, poisoning drinking water and making agriculture and fishing impossible. Supported by corrupt politicians, oil companies did nothing to reduce the harmful effects. Saro-Wiwa organised the peaceful resistance of the Ogoni people, an ethnic group inhabiting the Niger Delta. The military dictatorship arrested Saro-Wiwa, who was sentenced to death and executed in 1995.


Niger Delta Ogoni people Social justice Minorities Marginalised people MOSOP Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People Genocide in Nigeria The Ogoni Bill of Rights 

Worth Reading

  1. Doron, R., & Falola, T. (2016). Ken Saro-Wiwa. Athens: Ohio University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Saro-Wiwa, K. (1992). Genocide in Nigeria: The Ogoni tragedy. Port Harcourt: Saros International Publishers.Google Scholar

Worth Watching

  1. Delta Force (1995)Google Scholar
  2. Sweet Crude (2009)Google Scholar
  3. Ken Saro-Wiwa: All for my People (2014)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • László Erdős
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  1. 1.MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group, DebrecenInstitute of Ecology and Botany MTA Centre for Ecological ResearchVácrátótHungary

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