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Ken Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer and environmental activist who was a member of the Ogoni peoples. Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta, has been ruthlessly targeted for crude oil extraction since the 1950s, when Saro Wiwa was born. The writer led a non-violent campaign against drilling and petroleum waste dumping in Ogoniland and became the President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People. In 1995, he was hanged for allegedly masterminding the gruesome murders of several Ogoni chiefs, provoking international outrage. Twenty years down the line, oil giant Shell have never fully admitted to their alleged involvement in the execution of Saro Wiwa.

London-based campaigners Platform are now collaborating with Transition Durham for a special performance night in memory of Saro Wiwa and to highlight our continued dependency on oil today. Platform campaigner Jane Trowell and poets Sai Murray and Selina Mwulu are encouraging audience members to take the “bus to Nigeria” to force change to happen. Transition Durham will also be screening a film documenting their work to help reduce the city’s oil and fossil fuel dependency, which will be followed by live poetry from Mika Laiho and a discussion about local activism.

The event, part of Footprint Modulation, is set to be a deeply thought-provoking evening that asks us to change the way we think about fossil fuels and reflect on the death of a great Nigerian activist.

Silence Would Be Treason takes place at the Empty Shop, Durham on Sunday 28th June.

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