Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta (Paperback)

50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta

By Michael Watts (Editor), Ed Kashi (Photographer)

powerHouse Books, 9781576875476, 223pp.

Publication Date: May 11, 2010



Nigeria is the sixth largest producer of oil in the world and one of the major suppliers of oil to the US. Set against a backdrop of what has been called the scramble for African oil, this text documents the consequences of a half-century of oil exploitation and production in one of the world's foremost centres of biodiversity.

About the Author

Ed Kashi was born in New York City and received a degree in photojournalism from Syracuse University. Kashi's first major documentary project, a study of the Protestant community in Northern Ireland, garnered him an NEA grant. His book "When The Borders Bleed: The Struggle of the Kurds "(Pantheon, 1994) was the result of his cover story for "National Geographic." Kashi has received numerous awards, including those from the World Press and Pictures of the Year competitions. The author of "Aging in America: The Years Ahead "(powerHouse Books, 2003), Kashi has also published his work in "National Geographic," "The New York Times Magazine," "Time," "Fortune," "Geo," "Smithsonian," "Newsweek," "Natural History," "U.S. News & World Report," "The Atlantic Monthly," "Audubon," "Granta," "Aperture," and "American Photo," among others. Kashi lives in New Jersey.

Michael Watts is Chancellor's Professor and Director of African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His writing on the Niger Delta has been widely published, and he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001 to conduct research on oil in Nigeria.