Ken Wiwa, the first son of late Nigerian writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, has died.
Wiwa was a prolific journalist and author, he served as a regular commentator on major news channels such as CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and produced and narrated television and radio documentaries for them
He wrote for The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Times and National Geographic. He also served as an Editor-at-Large for Arise Magazine and contributed occasional columns for newspapers, magazines and blogs.
His memoir of his father In the Shadow of a Saint, won the 2002 Hurston-Wright Nonfiction Award.
He was appointed the Special Assistant on peace, conflict resolution and reconciliation during the time of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. He also served President Umaru Yar'Adua as the Special Assistant on International Affairs.
In 2013 he was serving as an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan as the Senior Special Assistant on Civil Society and International Media.
Ken wiwa died after a brief illness on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
Ledum Mitee, the Ex-President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, and the Media Adviser to MOSOP, Mr. Bari-ara Kpalap, expressed shock over the news of Saro-Wiwa Jr’s death.
May his soul rest in peace.