Echoes from the Past

The Nigerian Village Square

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, renowned inventor and politician.

He was at, what could rightly be called, the pinnacle of his life. As an author, television producer, environmental activist and winner of the Golden Environmental Prize, Ken Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian who had everything, not only to live for but to live that life in great comfort. An African saying opines that a man is only as good as his community. Ken Saro-Wiwa embodied that adage in all of its goodness. He chose to forego a life of comfort in order that the good might come to his whole community. In a world where the good and want of the individual has been elevated over that of the whole, that was no small sacrifice. For that reason, he was arrested, tried in a sham military tribunal and hanged like a common criminal in 1995.
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