John Robb has an article up on Henry Okah over at Global Guerrillas.
Henry is a burly man who speaks with a cultured British accent, a consequence of his upper class upbringing and his education in Nigeria’s private school system. His mind is another interesting combination: the discipline of engineering, gained through his experience as an engineer in Nigeria’s merchant marine, and the believability of a successful salesman that used to sell handguns for personal protection door to door. In short, it is a combination of attributes that made him the perfect guerrilla entrepreneur. Since he moved with his family to the relative safety of South Africa in 2003, Henry was able to accomplish the following. He:
- amassed a personal fortune through arms sales and oil bunkering in the Niger delta.
- was able to orchestrate the shutdown of over a half a million barrels a day of Nigerian/Shell oil production for over two years, with a total market value of $29 billion — a major reason why the global price of oil is currently over $100 a barrel today.
- pioneered aspects of a system of warfare that will plague nation-states and their corporate allies for decades.
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Henry, energized by the grinding poverty he saw when he visited his family’s ancestral village in the Delta, sought to reverse this flow: away from the capital and the oil companies and into the hands of the people of the Delta. However, in order to do this, Henry had to innovate with warfare.
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. . . the innovations he pioneered will live on in the following ways:
- Superempowerment. Henry is a global demonstration of what a superempowered individual can do in warfare . . .
- Emergence. Henry established a funded open source war . . .
- Systems Disruption It proves that the disruption of systems, rather than mass casualty attacks, can create a global brand for a militant organization . . .
Follow this link to read the full article.
The African Loft will be posting an article on Okah shortly, I’ll link it when it goes up.