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The Politics of Bones

The Politics of Bones: Dr. Owens Wiwa and the Struggle for Nigeria’s Oil by J. Timothy Hunt . It was published by McClelland & Stewart in September 2005 just before the tenth anniversary of the controversial execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa .

On November 10, 1995, Nigeria’s military dictatorship executed nine environmental activists. Among them was Ken Saro-Wiwa, the charismatic spokesman of the Ogoni people, whose land in the fertile Niger River has been grotesquely polluted by the Royal Dutch Shell Corporation. During Ken’s incarceration, his brother, Dr. Owens Wiwa , fought valiantly to save his life. When his quest failed, Owens narrowly escaped Nigeria with his life, first to London , and then to Toronto .

The Politics of Bones Owens’s papers were unearthed in a massive mass grave. Over the years, Owens finally succeeded in locating and properly burying his brother in the summer of 2005.


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