Wiwa Jnr Was An Emerging Giant -Wike …Commiserates With Saro-Wiwa Family

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr.Ipalibo Harry Banigo (left), being welcomed by Commissioner for Agriculture, Barr. Onimim Jack, during the World Food Day celebration at Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt, recently.

The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has expressed his deepest condolences to the Saro-Wiwa family, the people of Rivers State, and Nigerians on the sudden and tragic passing of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr, the eldest son of the renowned environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. He was 47.
Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr was a celebrated journalist, author, and environmentalist, who continued his father’s legacy of questioning the environmental devastation of his native Ogoni land and other Niger Delta communities.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr Austin Tam-George, indicated that in 2005, he was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
Ken also served on the Africa Advisory Council of the Prince of Wales Rainforest Project, as part of his commitment to global environmental stewardship.
As a journalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr had worked with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and his journalism had appeared in The Guardian in the UK, The Washington Post, New York Times, National Geographic and other global media platforms.
In 2002, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr’s memoir, ‘In the Shadow of a Saint’, won the Hurston-Wright Award for non-fiction.
Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr worked in different roles as Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Umaru Yar’Adua, and President Goodluck Jonathan.
Wike described the late Ken as a “an emerging giant who has been snatched by death in his prime”.
The governor praised the departed Ken for his contributions to a better world, adding that “Rivers State has lost an illustrious son”.
He said the death of Saro-Wiwa Jnr was a major loss to Rivers State, Nigeria and humanity.
The statement added that the late Saro-Wiwa Jnr devoted his life to humanity, pointing out that his transition to glory has left a vacuum that will be difficult to fill.
While condoling with his immediate family over his untimely demise, Wike prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.