n English in Africa - The poetics and politics of transnational petro-environmentalism in Nnimmo Bassey's

Volume 41, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Nnimmo Bassey is one of the best known environmental rights advocates in Africa. He was born in 1958 in the Niger Delta, and trained as an architect. After a successful ten-year architectural practice in the public sector, he decided to devote his energies to activism on issues of human and environmental rights. He is the executive director of the Nigeria-based Environmental Rights Action group, and the chair of Friends of the Earth International, a global grassroots collective for environmental rights action in the Global South. In the last decade, Bassey has become the quintessential spokesman for minority and environmental rights around the world. This is attested to by the accolades he has received, which include the 2009 Hero of the Environment, the 2010 Rights Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel), the 2011 Ford Foundation Jubilee Transparency Award for his Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria organisation achievements, and the 2012 Rafto Prize for Human Rights. The Norway-based Rafto Foundation described Bassey as an "untiring defender of victims of climate change."

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