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Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jnr
Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jnr

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers, has expressed his deepest condolences to the Saro Wiwa family, the people of Rivers State, and Nigerians on the sudden and tragic passing of Ken Wiwa, the eldest son of the renowned environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. He was 47.

In a statement issued by Austin Tam-George, the Rivers State commissioner of information and communication on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, the governor extolled the accomplishments describing the late Ken Wiwa as “an emerging giant who has been snatched by death in his prime”.

the late Wiwa and prayed that his soul may rest in peace.

“Ken Wiwa was a celebrated journalist, author, and environmentalist who continued his father’s legacy of questioning the environmental devastation of his native Ogoni land and other Niger Delta communities,” the emailed statement to The Trent said.

“In 2005 he was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Ken also served on the Africa Advisory Council of the Prince of Wales Rainforest Project, as part of his commitment to global environmental stewardship.

“As a journalist, Ken Wiwa had worked with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , and his journalism had appeared in The Guardian in the UK, the Washington PostNew York Times,National Geographic and other global media platforms.

“In 2002, Ken Wiwa’s memoir, In the Shadow of a Saint, won the Hurston-Wright Award for nonfiction.

“Ken Wiwa worked in different roles as Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Umaru Yar’ Adua, and President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The governor praised the departed Ken for his contributions to a better world, adding that “Rivers State has lost an illustrious son,” the statement said.

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