The Legacy Lives on!
Like so many socio-cultural visionaries ahead of their time, Saro-Wiwa's ideas and writing caused controversy. His narrative was the counter-opposite of the state narrative peddled by the dictatorship of General Sani Abacha. On this basis, the state conspired to end the movement by ending the life of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni men.
As the eldest son and heir apparent, Ken Jr. inherited his father's legacy. Self-admittedly he struggled to come to terms with, as he described it, "living in the shadow of a saint". Simultaneously the challenges of the wave of militancy that ravaged the city from 2004-2009 hampered the progress that could be made. The Centre was able to function intermittently as the finest cyber cafe in downtown Port Harcourt (incidentally, many of the current crop of innovative locals learnt how to use computers and were exposed to the possibilities here), but the Foundation could not provide the safety that attracting productive activity requires.
Over the past few years, Ken Jr returned to his ambition of a peaceful and productive Port Harcourt and committed fully to making the Centre at Aggrey Road a thriving space for the work to continue. Following Ken's untimely end, the family remains committed to launching the third iteration of the philosophy of creative development of the current and future economy.