Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr. Dies of Stroke
Son of late Nigerian writer and environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr. has died of stroke. The news which was first announced on Sahara Reporters came with mixed reaction as Mr Wiwa had been online some hours to his death. *
Aside the news of stroke, family sources have yet to confirm what actually happened to the writer and journalist. Ken Wiwa died at the age of 47. He worked with three Nigerian Presidents from Olusegun Obasanjo to Goodluck Jonathan, where he served as Senior Special Assistant on Civil Society and International Media.
Ken Wiwa was educated in Nigeria and at Stancliffe Hall School and Tonbridge School in England and then at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, which is now part of University College, London. He was editor of the UK Guardian′s New Media Lab where he developed content for the paper’s online edition.
He moved to Canada in 1999, where he was a writer-in-residence at Massey College in the University of Toronto, Saul Rae Fellow at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, a mentor at the Trudeau Foundation in Canada and a columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail where he was twice nominated for National Newspaper Awards for feature-writing.
Wiwa has addressed the European Union, Oxford Union and spoken at a number of colleges and universities, including Harvard, Cambridge, McGill. He served as a conference rapporteur at a UN meeting on Cultural Diversity. He was a regular commentator on major news channels including CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera. He has appeared as a guest on Hard Talk and Newsnight.
In 2005 he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He was the Founding Curator of the Abuja Hub for the Globalshapers Programme of the World Economic Forum and has also served on the Africa Advisory Council of the Prince of Wales Rainforest Project. He has written for The Guardian in the UK, The Washington Post, New York Times and National Geographic. He served as an Editor-at-Large for Arise Magazine and continued to contribute occasional columns for magazines, newspapers and blogs.
Wiwa has produced and narrated television and radio documentaries for the BBC and CBC. He has written commentaries for National Public Radio. His memoir of his father, In the Shadow of a Saint, won the 2002 Hurston-Wright Nonfiction Award.
His writer friends and colleagues around the world have shared their shock on social media. Wiwa is believed to have been survived by two adolescent sons and an aged mother.
Note: Additional bio information was provided by Wikipedia.