EtiUwem (Earthy Tales) are posts on environmental and social justice issues by Nnimmo Bassey.

Nnimmo Bassey (b.11 June 58) is director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and member steering committee of Oilwatch International. He was chair of Friends of the Earth International (2008-2012) and Executive Director of Nigeria’s Environmental Rights Action (1993-2013). He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Noble Prize.” In 2012 he received the Rafto Human Rights Award. In 2014 he received Nigeria’s national honour as Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in recognition of his environmental activism. Bassey is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and has authored books on the environment, architecture and poetry. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of York, United Kingdom in July 2019. His books include We Thought it Was Oil, But It was Blood –Poetry (Kraft Books, 2002), I will Not Dance to Your Beat – Poetry (Kraft Books, 2011), To Cook a Continent – Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa (Pambazuka Press, 2012) and Oil Politics – Echoes of Ecological War (Daraja Press, 2016).


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  1. I wish to partner with your foundation to engage in Environmental programmes most especially, environmental advocacy. I’m into Climate Change, environmental degradation and Pollution control studies as well as solving environmental problems.

  2. May you please share with AYEP….the recent publications regarding environmental development. Thanks

  3. Hi Mr. Bassey, I believe that you are right about the intended experimentation on the African continent of the Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes now be grown in Terni, Italy. Is the AU or African governments planning to avert this from being placed on the continent?

    1. Unfortunately African governments have not taken any position on the GM mosquitoes and most generally appear to think that anything technological must be great. The best hope is the maintenance of a global moratorium on these extreme genetic engineering schemes.

  4. Dear Mr. Bassey, We would be grateful to have a personal e-mailaddress of you in order to send you our official invitation to the Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context for a keynote speech on June 3, 2019. Thank you very much, Juliette Wyler, University of Lucerne

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