Last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa


n exhibition highlighting the last writings of renowned Nigerian writer, social activist, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Ken Saro-Wiwa is on display at the Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Ave.

The exhibition features facsimiles of selected letters and poems from the Ken Saro-Wiwa archive, which is housed at the Maynooth University Library. The writings date from 1993-95, the period in which Saro-Wiwa was awaiting execution at Nigeria’s Port Harcourt Detention Center after he was falsely accused of inciting the murders of four Ogoni tribal elders.

The archive was donated to Maynooth by Sister Majella McCarron, an Irish missionary-nun who supported Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni people in the struggle to protect their homelandMcCarron was the recipient of Saro-Wiwa’s letters and poems.

In addition to the writings, the exhibition also includes narrative banners as well as books by and about Saro-Wiwa.  One of the volumes on display, “Silence Would Be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa,” was coedited by Helen Fallon, deputy university librarian at Maynooth University.

The display is the result of a five-year exchange between Quinnipiac University and Maynooth University, which seeks to promote cross-institutional collaboration between students, faculty and staff.

The Ken Saro-Wiwa exhibition will be on display until the end of February 2017, and isfree and open to the public. It may be viewed Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to midnight.

For more information, call 203-582-3713.