https://youtu.be/9Lx1BDdNF4w Acclaimed award-winning author and author of ’Half of a Yellow Sun’ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reflects on the role of literature in conversation with Ellah Allfrey, deputy editor of Granta Magazine.
This public policy video is edited from two films to support the City of Berkeley’s boycott of companies doing business with Shell Oil Company because of the multinational corporation’s impact on Nigeria and for the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa with eight other environmental activists. The video presentation was seen at the City of Berkeley’s Regular Council meeting in 1997 and several public showings in our community. A very special thanks to Carol Denney for the narration and to the East Bay Media Center in Berkeley for postproduction. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9Gwf8UcgS0
This rare interview with the writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was screened in late November 1995 on Channel 4. Saro-Wiwa led the Ogoni people of Nigeria in their non-violent struggle to stop the multinational oil companies, like Shell, destroying their land and livelihood. This is the last recorded interview where Saro-Wiwa speaks about the politics of oil, art in society and the Niger Delta crisis. On 10th November 1995, Saro-Wiwa and eight of his colleagues were executed by the Nigerian military government following a flawed trial. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62-rLX1UYBE Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXphETmMt9w
Since Shell began drilling oil in Ogoniland in 1958, the people of Ogoniland have had pipelines built across their farmlands and in front of their homes, suffered endemic oil leaks from these very pipelines, been forced to live with the constant flaring of gas. This environmental assault has smothered land with oil, killed masses of fish and other aquatic life, and introduced devastating acid rain to the land of the Ogoni. For the Ogoni, a people dependent upon farming and fishing, the poisoning of the land and water has had devastating economic and health consequences. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdXMV-nIxBw