When Ken Saro-Wiwa once demanded the right of native people to rule themselves and own their own natural resources, he was doing so against the super-human powers of Shell corporation in their quest to exploit and take Nigerian resources.
Similarly Shell is a major stakeholder in the Corrib gas pipeline saga of County Mayo in the west of Ireland. The mural above depicting Wiwa is from Ireland. Watch the video below for a better sense of how the Nigerian experience precedes and warns the Irish.
Saro-Wiwa is an immortal poet, he was a writer, and an Ogoni leader and he has since been murdered by a government fulfilling the wishes of its corporate masters. Now that same corporation--Shell--and its conglomerate of extra-national legal entities has found Ireland to work over. Saro-Wiwa was arrested, tortured and executed by law to the benefit of Shell administrators who used Nigeria's debt to leverage a stake (total control) of Nigeria's energy resources.
Saro-Wiwa was an indigenous rights activist like Pádraic Pearse or Rigoberta Manchu, two figures regularly invoked by native-rights activists around the world. The mural of him above is by Chris Philbin & John Monaghan depicting a typically celebratory Ken Wiwa and it's to be found in a County Mayo Gaeltacht called Ros Dumhach.
The mural is a translation of Wiwa's advice for the revolutionary into Irish:
damhsaigh d'fhearg dance your exasperation
damhsaigh do ghliondar dance your euphoria
damhsaigh na gunnaí dance the guns
chun suain to soothing
Ireland should not negotiate away it's environment for the sake of a few jobs
— Dr Owens Wiwa, brother of the executed Nigerian poet Ken Saro Wiwa
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