June 24, 2005
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We are living in a world of contrasts where greed and ignorance can magnify the issues of energy and
climate change. The example of Nigeria is a striking one. All the more reason to do what you can to tip the scale.
Ken Wiwa from Fueling the Future
"If Nigeria did not exist you could not invent it. Imagine a country that is the sixth-largest oil producer but
has to import gasoline and is one of the poorest in the world. A country that provides constant electricity to most
of West Africa but suffers from frequent power outages. A country whose scientists, writers and engineers have won the
highest accolades around the world but is a byword for corruption and systematic inefficiency. Nigeria is a country
that defies logic; it is a country where, as my father once lamented, "The only wrongdoers are those who do no wrong."
"As new technology opens up new horizons for humankind, we in Nigeria are slipping back into the Dark Ages. Nigeria
is like a crazy quilt of the old and the new; a baroque mix of the latest consumer goods littered around a landscape
of poverty. While the elites accumulate unimaginable wealth, feeding off the country's assets, millions of Nigerians
have to survive on the scraps."
Web Link - about Ken Wiwa
Web Link - Fueling the Future