The Oil Industry in Nigeria: Conflict between Oil Companies and Local People

  • Jedrzej George Frynas


The Nigerian oil industry received extensive international media coverage following the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1995. As leader of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Saro-Wiwa denounced the Nigerian government and the transnational oil corporations — especially Royal Dutch/Shell — for having caused considerable environmental and social damage to the Ogoni people, while providing few benefits in return. While the intensity of Ogoni campaigns decreased after Saro-Wiwa’s execution, other ethnic and political groups across the Niger Delta — especially the I jaw ethnic group — mounted major protests directed against oil operations.


Local People Niger Delta Transnational Corporation Security Force Nigerian Government 
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