New book about the Ogoni people's struggle in Nigeria
Online PR News – 31-August-2021 – London, England – ISBN #978-1800314108
New Generation Publishing releases important new book about the Ogoni people's struggle and demand for justice against oil exploitation in Ogoniland in Nigeria
About the Book:
In 1958, in the eastern part of Nigeria's coastline, lies a community where the inhabitants are known as the Ogonis. A tribe of peaceful happy people who enjoyed their little paradise. Children running and playing, women congregating together exchanging stories.
Ogoniland was lush with vegetation, birds singing in the trees. Fishermen reeling in their latest catch. BOOM! The earth shakes and the children ran screaming! BOOM, frightening screams as the earth quakes.
The exploration of oil in Ogoniland by Shell BP caused an uproar after the land was devastated. The Ogoni people cried out for redress spearheaded by the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP). Met with backlash, many activists and families were either murdered, raped, or fled as refugees. Human Rights abuses, as well as the severe damage caused to the flora and fauna habitats of the Ogoni environment, came to international acclaim as Human Rights bodies, Environmentalists and the UN became involved. Ogoni will always be remembered in the chronicles of history.
This is the story of Ogoni, an indigenous tribe at the brink of annihilation. The once silenced minority have found their voice. What will be their fate after their land is destroyed and lives lost? How will they face the mysterious deaths of four of their chiefs and the unfair trial and execution of nine of its leading activists? This book provides a first-hand account of pre and post oil exploration in Ogoniland, Nigeria and the Ogoni people's struggle and demand for justice.
Excerpt from the book:
“I grew up in Ogoni when rainwater was generally regarded as the purest and safest form of drinking water. Each time it rained, people used to put out various receptacles to collect the rainwater, which was carefully preserved and set aside for drinking.
Shell came into Ogoni and things began to change – not for the better, as far as the Ogoni people are concerned. Oil-related inconveniences and environmental issues started in Ogoniland right from the oil prospecting phase.
Oil operations started in Ogoni in 1958 by Shell, two years later, on 1st October 1960, Nigeria attained independence from the United Kingdom. Rain and stream waters that were subsequently collected, after oil operations started, progressively deteriorated in colour until they became completely black. Because of the 24/7 gas flaring, acid rain fell. The people continued to drink the polluted water fetched from the wells and streams. They were not minding the concomitant health hazards, which were probably due to ignorance and lack of alternative sources of better-quality drinking-water.
Today, the creeks are barren, due to the crude-oil spillages that have covered large portions of them. The crude oil that had soaked into the muddy bottom of the creeks contaminated the water – as such, fish could not survive the toxic environment. Fishing activities in the creeks and mangrove swamps of Ogoni are now a thing of the past.”
“Ogoni: The Struggle for Justice” by Simeon B. Kpoturu is available in hardback from Amazon UK at:
This revealing first-hand account of the devastation caused to Ogoniland in Nigeria by Shell Oil is also available to purchase in paperback from:
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