Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ringing the Ogoni Bells at Maynooth University Library

Just signed off on the cover design for the second edition of "Silence Would be treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa".
For those who haven't seen the first edition it is available on open access.

Listening again to Mark Dummett's keynote presentation  at Maynooth University Library  in 2017, on the  Amnesty International Report, on Shell's involvement in human rights violations in Nigeria in the 1990s,  I am really glad  Maynooth University Library, can play a key role in keeping the issues Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight colleagues (Baribor Bera, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine, Felix Nuate, Paul Levera) died for, in the public arena. 
We are fortunate to hold the death row correspondence of Ken Saro-Wiwa to Sister Majella McCarron (OLA), also artefacts (including an Ogoni flag, a MOSOP t-shirt, a MOSOP cap that belonged to Ken Saro-Wiwa, poems, photographs and other items connected with Ken Saro-Wiwa and the issues he and his colleagues campaigned for.
For more information on the collection click on our comprehensive guide

For our annual  Ken Saro-Wiwa November 2018 event at Maynooth University Library, we plan to launch the 2nd edition of "Silence Would be Treason," announce the 2019 Maynooth University Ken
Saro-Wiwa Bursary, run a Ken Saro-Wiwa poetry competition in local schools and launch a travelling Ken Saro-Wiwa 
exhibition.  More details to follow.

Organisations interested in hosting the exhibition should contact me

Helen Fallon
Deputy University Librarian

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