Summary of personalities
Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (1937-1998) was a Nigerian businessman, politician and philanthropist who was educated in Scotland. In the 1980s, he was actively involved in the formation and activities of the National Sharia Committee. In addition to his work in Nigeria, Moshood Abiola supported the Southern African Liberation Movements from the 1970s. He lobbied the United States and several European nations in 1992, demanding reparations for their enslavement of African people and recompense for the fortunes made in harvesting Africa’s raw materials. He personally communicated with every African head of state, and every head of state in the black diaspora to ensure that Africans would speak with one voice on the issues. Throughout his political career and before that, he espoused high morality and intellectual virtues.
Interesting facts about MKO Abiola
- Remarkable in his business acumen, Abiola invested heavily in Nigeria and West Africa. His name covered the business landscape, establishing more firms and creating thousands of jobs. Among these include Abiola Farms, Abiola Bookshops, Radio Communications Nigeria, Wonder Bakeries, Concord Press, Concord Airlines, Summit Oil International Ltd, Africa Ocean Lines, Habib Bank, Decca W.A. Ltd, and Abiola Football Club.
- Digging up the records, between 1972 and 1998 when he died, nothing less than 197 traditional titles were conferred on Abiola for his generosity and community-concern spirit through several selfless services to the nation.
- Prior to his foray into politics, he was already the Chairman of the G15 business council, President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Patron of the Kwame Nkrumah Foundation, Patron of the WEB Du Bois Foundation, trustee of the Martin Luther King Foundation, and director of the International Press Institute.