Michael Watts is Director of African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The author of eight books,he has published widely on Nigeria and the Niger Delta over the last three decades. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001 for his work on the impact of oil in Africa.
Since it began producing oil in earnest in 1956, Nigeria has become the poster child for the environmental, social, and economic devastation that can be wrought by unfettered fossil fuel production.
October 28, 2013