Commemorating Ken Saro-Wiwa


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Sr Majella McCarron and Firoze Manji

Each year, Maynooth University Library holds a seminar to commemorate the life of Nigerian author and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.  Last week’s seminar, was followed by the launch of the second edition of Silence Would Be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Sr Majella McCarron (OLA) exchanged letters with Ken Saro-Wiwa during his incarceration and the time leading up to his execution.  She donated these letters to Maynooth University Library and “Silence Would Be Treason” is the edited version of this correspondence.  It is these letters and poems, that stand today as a testament of hope, and ensure that Ken Saro-Wiwa’s voice is not silenced, not even in death.

“The efforts of Sr Majella McCarron and Maynooth University Library with Ken Saro-Wiwa’s  archive is an inspiring act,” stated Firoze Manji, director of the publishers, Daraja Press, and former Africa director for Amnesty International, at the launch of the second edition last week.  He went on to present a gripping lecture titled “The centrality of culture in the struggle for a new world: Amilcar Cabral and Ken Saro-Wiwa.”

At the event, Sr Majella spoke about her memories of the Ogani struggle and the time immediately after she received the news of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s execution.  She went on to introduce Eddie Mitchel who shared briefly about a similar environmental struggle that has recently taken place in Leitrim, Ireland.

Sr Majella then presented a Samsung Galaxy tablet to Conor Walsh, 1st Prize Winner of the Ken Saro-Wiwa School’s poetry competition.

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Sr Majella McCarron with Conor Walsh


You can visit the Ken Saro Wiwa audio archive here.