These letters and poems are invaluable fragments of a living conversation that portrays the indomitable power in humans to stay alive in the face of certain death – to stay alive even in death.
Reading through the treasure trove of the letters and poems compiled here as The Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa evokes intense memories of his resolute struggles against an oil behemoth and a deaf autocratic government. His crusade frames one of the most tumultuous periods of Nigeria’s history; his tragic story evokes anger and demands action to resolve the crises that first led the Ogoni people to demand that Shell clean up Ogoni lands or clear out of the territory.
HELEN FALLON took up the post of Deputy Librarian in 2000. Prior to that she held a number of library posts including Assistant Librarian in a medical library in Saudi Arabia; lecturer in library and information studies at the University of Sierra Leone; Business & Education Librarian at DCU; Science Librarian at DCU and Head of Information and Public Services at DCU. She has carried out a number of library consultancies in African countries including Namibia, Tanzania and Sierra Leone.