Introduction by William Boyd, Penguin Books, London, 1995
* 1941, Bori, Nigeria, † 1995, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Charge: Disturbance of Public Order
Prison: Secret Military Camp outside Port Harcourt, Nigeria (Map)
This is the extraordinary and moving account of Ken Saro-Wiwa's period of detention in 1993, and is also a personal history of the man who gave voice to the campaign for basic human and political rights for the Ogoni people. It was the fear of his success that made Saro-Wiwa the target of the despotic Nigerian military regime. Arrested on 21 June 1993, ostensibly for his part in election-day disturbances, he describes in harrowing detail the conditions under which he was held. He writes of his involvement with the Ogoni cause and his instrumental role in the setting up of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).