"Ken Wiwa is one of the world's most influential human rights activists and authors. Now a resident of Abuja, Nigeria, he is a Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Peace, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. Mr. Wiwa is the son of the late Nigerian playwright and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed in 1995. He is an unfailing champion for the claims and rights of his people in debates over the effects of globalization on the nation state in Africa, cultural diversity, ethnic identity and the environment.
"Mr. Wiwa's first book, a critically acclaimed memoir called In the Shadow of a Saint, is an examination of the dilemmas of fathers and sons, families and community, the paradox of identity, of belonging and the struggle between exile and home. He writes for various newspapers and magazines around the world, including several in Britain and Africa; he was a weekly columnist for The Globe and Mail and continues to write an occasional column for this paper. Mr. Wiwa has also produced several television documentaries in Britain and for the CBC.