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Environmental Challenges and Eco-Aesthetics in Nigeria's Niger Delta

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The effects of oil exploration in the Niger Delta region in Nigeria have attracted serious concern on a global scale, largely thanks to the initiative of Ken Saro-Wiwa. In spite of the activities of environmental activists the region remains an epitome of environmental disaster. This has given rise to an impressive body of work by poets and visual artists enunciating the environmental challenges in this oil-rich region. The authors examine the common thread that is shared in this corpus within the larger context of education in eco-aesthetics and social responsibility, considering the relationship that currently exists between oil-producing communities and the multinational oil corporations. This position is anchored on the insights offered by current thought in eco-ethics and eco-aesthetics. Previous efforts to ameliorate these effects failed; what is now required is a strong synergy between aesthetic/environmental education and social function.
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Keywords: Ken Saro-Wiwa; Niger Delta; Nigeria; aesthetic education; artists; eco-aesthetics; eco-ethics; environment; oil; poets

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2013-01-01

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