Ken Saro-Wiwa’s son dies at 48 after brief illness

Posted by News Express | 19 October 2016 | 2,895 times

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Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr, the eldest son of the late renowned playwright and Ogoni environmental rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, has died.

It was gathered that Saro-Wiwa Jr, who was based in Abuja, died yesterday in a London hospital after a brief illness.

He was said to have died from complications arising from the stroke he suffered three days ago.

Born in 1968, Saro-Wiwa Jr. who was an international journalist and author. He was married to a Briton.

In 2005 he returned to Nigeria and was appointed by then president Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Assistant on Peace, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.

He later served President Umaru Yar’Adua as the Special Assistant on International Affairs.

In 2013, he served President Goodluck Jonathan as the Senior Special Assistant on Civil Society and International Media.

The Wiwas hailed from Ogoni in Rivers State. The State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, last night reacted with shock to the news of the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr.

In a statement last night, Wike expressed shock over the death, saying it was a major loss to Rivers State, Nigeria and humanity.

The Governor noted that the late Saro-Wiwa Jr. devoted his life to humanity, pointing out that his transition to glory has left a vacuum that would be difficult to fill.

While condoling with his immediate family over his untimely demise, Wike prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

•Based on reports from THISDAY and Daily Trust. Photo shows late Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr.

Source: News Express

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