Gani Fawehinmi

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Gani Fawehinmi

Nigerian author, publisher, philanthropist, social critic, human and civil rights lawyer, politician and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria add

Category: Literature

Born in 1938.

Countries: Nigeria (50%), Niger (13%), United Kingdom (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Bruno Kreisky, Lawyer, Babafemi Ojudu

Linked to: Holborn College, International Bar Association, University of London, Military




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Gani Fawehinmi was born in 1938 add something


Fawehinmi, popularly called Gani, was born on 22 April 1938, into the Fawehinmi family of Ondo, in Ondo State and died on the 5th of September 2009 at the age of 71 add something


Gani had his early education at Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Iyemaja - Ondo from 1947 to 1953 and his secondary school education at Victory College Ikare, a Christian School from 1954 to 1958, under the leadership of the Late Rev. Akinrele where he sat for and passed his West African School Certificate Examination in 1958 add something


Gani enrolled at the Holborn College of Law- University of London to read law in 1961 add something


Chief Saheed Tugbobo Fawehinmi died on 5 February 1963 at the age of 89 years add something


He was dumped in many police cells and detained in several prisons between 1969 and 1996 add something


Babafemi Ojudu - In 1976 he won a scholarship jointly sponsored by activist lawyer Gani Fawehinmi and Jùjú musician King Sunny Adé for indigent students of the state, the start of a long-term friendship with Fawehinmi


In 1986, while Chief Gani Fawehinmi was Dele Giwa's Lawyer, the latter was killed in a bomb blast under suspicious circumstances add something


Democratic Socialist Movement (Nigeria) - The DSM participated in the briefly lived Nigerian Labour Party in 1989, and participated in the founding by Gani Fawehinmi of the National Conscience Party in 1994


On June 11, 1993 Fawehinmi was awarded the biennial Bruno Kreisky Prize add something


In 1994 he and some other notable Nigerians formed the National Conscience Party of Nigeria which exists till today and he stood for a presidential election in 2003 under the umbrella of the National Conscience Party add something


In 1998, he received the International Bar Association's 'Bernard Simmons Award' in recognition of his human-rights and pro-democracy work add something


Gani Fawehinmi was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria , the highest legal title in Nigeria in September, 2001 add something

Gani Fawehinmi died in 2009 add something


Gani, as he was fondly called, died in the early hours of 5 September 2009 after a prolonged battle with lung cancer add something


Later he was buried on September 15, 2009 in his home town of Ondo, Nigeria add something


In 2018, Chief Fawehinmi was posthumously awarded the GCON, Nigeria's second highest honour add something