Remains to Be Seen

If the Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa had not been hanged on charges trumped up by the brutal military and kleptocratic regime of General Sani Abacha, in 1995, himself to die in mysterious circumstances three years later, he would have been 83 years old. It astonishes me to remember now that it was about a third of a century ago that he was driving me through Port Harcourt when we saw the naked body of a man, bloated like a dirigible in the noonday sun, by the side of the road, while an announcer on the car radio appealed to the “owner” of the body to come forward and take it ...

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