In The Shadow Of A Saint

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Transworld, Dec 14, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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'My father. That's what this is all about. Where does he end and where do I begin?'

Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed in November 1995. One of Nigeria's best-loved writers and an outspoken critic of military rule, he was a prime mover in bringing the human rights abuses of Shell Oil and the Nigerian military to the attention of the world. His death was headline news internationally. The name of Ken Saro-Wiwa became a potent symbol of the struggle between a traditional way of life and the juggernaut of global commercial interests.

What was it like to grow up with such a politically active and socially conscious father? How do you come to terms with your father's imprisonment and execution? How do you cope with the endless international press speculation about your father's life and character? And how do you respond when international attention is focused on you? How do you make your own way in life against your father's expectations of you, especially when you carry the same name? How do you live with such a complex personal history?

This frank and memorable depiction of Ken Saro-Wiwa's childhood and relationship with his father vividly recounts the journey he took to answer those questions. Ultimately it is the story of how Ken Wiwa went looking for his father and ended up finding himself.

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IN THE SHADOW OF A SAINT: A Son's Journey to Understand His Father's Legacy

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A biography of the late Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, a man as personally complex as he was politically elemental."Where does his life end and where do I begin," wonders Ken Wiwa, whose father was ... Read full review

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User Review  - bhowell - LibraryThing

After his execution in 1995, the son of Ken Saro-Wiwa, wrote about his father' life and legacy. Mr Kiwa sr. was one of Nigeria's foremost writers and critics of Nigeria's military rule and brought ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Born in Nigeria and educated in England, Ken Wiwa now contributes regularly to UK newspapers including the Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday and the Observer. Internationally his journalism has appeared in Canada, South Africa, Holland, Germany and Spain and in a weekly column for Vanguard in Nigeria. Ken was also internet editor for the Guardian for nearly two years. He currently lives in Canada with his family and is senior resident writer at Massey College in the University of Toronto.

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