Nigerian architect, environmental activist, and poet
Nnimmo Bassey, an architect, is Nigeria’s leading environmental rights advocate. Time magazine named him one of its 2009 Heroes of the Environment. He is also a strong voice and a leading advocate for true federalism and resource control in Nigeria.
Born June 11, 1958, Nnimmo, an indigene of Ikono Local Government Area practiced architecture in the public sector for 10 years before switching focus to the environment. He became active on human rights issues in the 1980s as a member of the Board of Directors of the Civil Liberties Organisation. In 1993, he co-founded Environmental Rights Action (ERA), a Nigerian advocacy NGO, to deal with environmental rights issues in the country. Bassey was ERA’s executive director for two decades and still is the chair of its management board.
Since 1996, Bassey led Oilwatch Africa and, beginning 2006, also led the Global South Network, Oilwatch International, the platforms he uses to mobilize communities against the expansion of fossil fuels extraction. In 2010, Nnimmo Bassey was named a Laureate of the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2012 he was awarded the Rafto Prize. He serves on the Advisory Board and is Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation, an environmental think tank and advocacy organization.
Nnimmo Bassey’s indefatigable work with national and international organisations has turned him into one of Africa’s leading advocates and campaigners for the environment and human rights.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates his irrepressible spirit.