This Day in History

Nov. 10, 1995: Murdered by Shell

Time Periods: 1975
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, World History/Global Studies
The Ogoni Nine Memorial

The Ogoni Nine Memorial – Bellanaboy, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

On Nov. 10, 1995, despite international calls for clemency, playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight of his colleagues (Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine) were executed by the Nigerian military government for campaigning against the devastation of their homeland (Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta) by oil companies, in particular Shell.

This is the price of fossil fuels.

Saro-Wiwa was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize.

Here is Saro-Wiwa’s Goldman Environmental Prize acceptance speech, read by his son Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr.


There is an educational poster of Saro-Wiwa by the Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio.

Now, more than ever, we need to teach the truth about climate change. Use the Rethinking Schools teaching guide, A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis.