Ken Saro-Wiwa’s son dies at 47

Ken Wiwa, the eldest son of late playwright and environmental right activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, has died in a London hospital after reportedly suffering stroke.

The former presidential aide was placed on life support on Saturday but died on Tuesday evening.

Born on November 28, 1968, and popularly known as Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr, the deceased was a journalist, author civil rights activist.

He was educated at Stancliffe Hall School and Tonbridge School in England and then at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

He returned to Nigeria in 2005 and was appointed by then President Olusegun Obasanjo as his special assistant on peace, conflict resolution and reconciliation in 2006.

He served late President Umaru Yar’Adua as special assistant on international affairs.

In 2013, he served former President Goodluck Jonathan as the senior special assistant on civil society and international media.

He was editor of the UK Guardian’s New Media Lab, with the core responsibility of developing content for the newspaper’s online edition.

Vanguard quotes President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mitee, as saying he was still in shocks over the news.

“Somebody just called me to tell me that he is dead, but I am still in shock and have not been able to confirm it,” he said.