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Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019

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Ken Wiwa

Ken Wiwa is one of the world’s most influential human rights activists and authors. Now a resident of Toronto, Mr. Wiwa travels to Nigeria several times a year, and is working toward the establishment of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation, an organization that will set up a secondary school in Ogoni and offer scholarships to Ogoni children. Mr. Wiwa is the son of the late Nigerian playwright and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed in 1995. He is an unfailing champion for the claims and rights of his people in debates over the effects of globalization on the nation state in Africa, cultural diversity, ethnic identity and the environment.

Mr. Wiwa’s first book, a critically acclaimed memoir called In the Shadow of a Saint, is an examination of the dilemmas of fathers and sons, families and community, the paradox of identity, of belonging and the struggle between exile and home. He writes for various newspapers and magazines around the world, including several in Britain and Africa, and he is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail. Mr. Wiwa has also produced several television documentaries in Britain and for the CBC.

Mr. Wiwa is a Saul Rae Fellow at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto.

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