11 November 2011
The plan was to witness the candlelight procession in commemoration of the Ogoni leader Ken Saro-Wiwa. He was executed in November 1995 and is still very much admired by youths in the Niger Delta, who have taken up his struggle against the environmental devastation caused by oil spills.
But after a late departure, the slowing down at every road block and eight bumpy hours in a minivan with a competent (!) driver, who had to slalom to avoid potholes and traffic jams, the ceremony was over by the time we arrived in
Port Harcourt, Nigeria 's oil capital.
Luckily, some activists were still present. It was easy to reconnect with a man called Celestine, who had come to campaign in the
Netherlands against gas flaring in , during Shell Nigeria 's shareholder meeting last year. Celestine told me the community is divided and suffering.