I've decided that, while I'm in the Niger Delta, it makes sense to try to understand its challenges and issues. Mentally, I've divided the challenges into: the oil industry, the government and the people (which involve both).
So, strangely enough, when I was looking to meet up with some oil people, I ran into one of the world's leading experts on the Niger Delta conflicts (and the people fighting against the oil industry/the aspects of Nigeria's government, in efforts to get their homes cleaned up and interests represented). Funny how that works.
So, I thought I'd help you, the reader, with some information.
I met Michael Watts from UC Berkeley. His Wikipedia page.
His Book: Curse of the Black Gold
Important articles by him:
List of Publications:
Goodnight and Goodluck Jonathan: The Niger Delta Cries Out for EcoJustice
Niger Delta Rising.
His Program at Berkeley:
Niger Delta: Economies of Violence See the link to the Stained With Blood and Oil: The Niger Delta video at the bottom.
Will go ask the oil people nosy questions tomorrow!