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Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey is an activist, poet/writer and architect. He is Executive Director of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth in Nigeria and Chair of Friends of the Earth International. He also coordinates Oilwatch International, a global South network that campaigns against human and environmental abuses related to the oil and gas extractive activities. His poetry collections include We Thought It Was Oil But It Was Blood (2002) and I will Not Dance to Your Beat (Kraft Books, 2011). His book, To Cook a Continent (Pambazuka Press, 2012) deals with destructive extractive activities and the climate crisis in Africa. He was listed as one of Time magazine's Heroes of the Environment in 2009 and was a recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the "Alternative Noble Prize." Nnimmo Bassey was awarded the prestigious Rafto Prize by by the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights.



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