His sister Noo Saro-Wiwa while confirming his death to journalists said Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr passed away after suffering a stroke.
She wrote, “We said goodbye to my brother, Gian, on Monday.
“He had COVID-19 combined with underlying health conditions.
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“Gian was the smartest and most talented out of all of us: a champion sprinter at school, a poet, an artist, budding engineer, a self-taught guitarist and pianist. But mental health issues limited his life from age 16 onwards.
“I took this photo of him a few months ago before he was hospitalised.
“A kind and beautiful soul, always wanting the best for his family, always praying for our future success while being eternally optimistic about his own. And, of course, always loving his music. He leaves a wonderful son, Louis.”
He later served Mr Obasanjo’s successor, President Umaru Yar’Adua, as an adviser on international affairs and stayed on under President Goodluck Jonathan until he lost last year’s election.
His willingness to work with the federal government marked him out as less militant than his father.
Saro-Wiwa Jr was committed to the cause of the Ogoni people just like his father.
In 2015 he wrote an opinion piece for the UK’s Guardian newspaper about the effects of the oil pollution on Ogoniland.
He said if his father were alive he would be dismayed that Ogoniland still looks like the devastated region that spurred him to action.
“There is little evidence to show that it sits on one of the world’s richest deposits of oil and gas.”he added
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