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Long road from Nigeria to Supreme Court

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Charles Wiwa is a nephew of the Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. He’s part of a group of Nigerian refugees involved in suing the Royal Dutch Shell oil company. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune / March 12, 2012)

Mary Schmich: March 18, 2012
Charles Wiwa’s old friends from Ogoniland picked him up at his South Side Chicago home a couple of weeks ago in a Chevy Venture van, and they hit the road.

Destination: the Supreme Court of the United States.

Wiwa had been in court before, like the time back in Nigeria when his famous uncle, Ken Saro-Wiwa, was sentenced to death, but he’d certainly never been to the highest court in this country.

He was excited. So were his friends. Their class-action lawsuit against the Royal Dutch Shell oil company had made it to Washington, D.C., and they were determined to be there too.

I-94 to I-80 to I-76, they talked the whole way.

They talked about the place they grew up, a small, humid pocket of the Niger Delta, where electricity was rare and if you read at night, it was by moonlight, a place where water came from wells and generations of families stayed close even after oil changed everything. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.
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