Late Chief Abdul-Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi was an Author, Publisher, Legal Icon, Human Right & Social Critics, Politician and Philanthropist.
Birth: Chief Gani Fawehinmi was born on Friday 22nd day of April 1938 at his family home in Okedasa Street, Ondo Town. His father, late Chief Saheed Tugbobo Fawehinmi, a successful Timber Magnate, Philanthropist, Seriki Musulumi of Ondo and one of the famous Son of Late High Lisa Alujannu Fawehinmi of Ondo Kingdom. Gani’s mother, Alhaja Muniratu Fawehinmi-Iya Olori Egbe Adini of Ondo Central Mosque, daughter of late Chief Yesufu & Madam Rabiatu Akinnibosun.
Education: Chief Gani Fawehinmi attended Ansar-ud-deen Primary School, Yemoja in Ondo from 1947-1953, Victory College, Ikare from 1954-1958 and University of London from 1961-1964 as an External Student for Law Course and Graduated in 1964.
Law Career: Chief Gani Fawehinmi return to Nigeria in 1964 and started working in the Law Office of Hon. Justice Rasheed Fawehinmi. He was call to the Nigeria Bar on 15th of January 1965 and established his own Law Practice in Lagos same year. Gani Fawehinmi became a holder of the highest national legal title in September 2001 as Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Awards: Chief Gani Fawehinmi was awarded the Senior Advocate of Masses OAU in 1988, Biennial Bruno Kreisky Prize in 1993, International Bar Association’s Bernard Simmons Award in 1994 and American Bar Association Award 1996 etc.
Scholarships: Chief Gani Fawehinmi established his Scholarships Award in 1971 and awarded his first scholarship same year until his death on Saturday 5th day of September 2009.
Human & Civil Right Activity: Chief Gani Fawehinmi was as a result of his Human & Civil Right crusade arrested, detained, attack with seizures of Passport, confiscation of books and charged to Court several times from 1969 to 1996 under the then Federal Military Government Regimes. He was deported from Port-Harcourt, Rivers State to Lagos State within the Federal Republic of Nigeria soil by the then Abacha’s Regime on 26th day of August, 1995.
Politics: Chief Gani Fawehinmi and some other notable Nigerians formed the National Conscience Party of Nigeria which exists till today and he contested the presidential election in 2003 under the umbrella of the National Conscience Party.
Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi was until his death the Seriki Musulumi of Ondo Kingdom, married and blessed with many wives and Children.
Adieu Papa Abdul-Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi “May your soul rest in perfect peace” (amen).
Editorial Board Team, Ekimogun Descendant United Kingdom & Northern Ireland