Dr. Owens Wiwa of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People

Dr. Owens Wiwa of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People

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by John Earl
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
September 24, 1996
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: Nigeria
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Nigerian activist Dr. Owens Wiwa of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) speaking at the University of Alabama about the Nigerian regime of dictator Sani Abacha. Behind him is Stephen Mills of the Sierra Club, which campaigned against the oil company Shell's close ties to the Abacha regime. Dr. Wiwa, a human rights activist, is the brother of Ken Saro-Wiwa who was executed by the Nigerian regime on November 10, 1995. Saro-Wiwa, noted author and spokesperson and later President of MOSOP, led a campaign against Shell for environmental degradation of the land and waters of the Ogoniland region. As a result of the campaign, he and eight others were arrested, tried by a military tribunal, and executed.
Photo courtesy of Stephen Mills.
Collection: Private collection of Stephen Mills