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Allen profile pix smallBarrister Allen Onyema 

 

Founder of The Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria - FEHN.

Has been instrumental  to the embrace of Nonviolence in different parts of the country especially the Niger Delta, and is the only Nigerian with level-three certification in Nonviolence education, from the University of Rhode Island.

 

The man who brought Nonviolence education to the country has since adopted all Niger Delta Ex-militants as members of his FEHN family.

The Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN) has remained a formidable force not only in the entrenchment of the Nonviolence culture, but in its continuous drive in the transformation of lives. FEHN’s ovation worthy journey started about 32 years ago, growing in leaps and bounds, attracting commendations across the globe as being the fastest growing Civil organization in Africa.

FEHN’s tremendous growth is a product of the passion and unparalleled dedication of her national Chairman, Barr. Allen Ifechukwu Onyema. A passionate Nigerian who understands the bankruptcy of violence and has successfully conquered unimaginable terrains using his FEHN medium. Onyema is an epitome of the phrase ‘Impossible is nothing’ as his dogged faith in the peace culture has earned him several accolades home and abroad, amongst which is prestigious Martin Luther King Award for his tireless effort in the institutionalization of Nonviolence.

Barrister Allen Onyema’s Peace building initiatives started several years ago. He refused to embrace a turbulent status quo and kept spreading his message of peace across humanity. He facilitated the quelling of several restive situations in different parts of Nigeria and became known for his selfless service to humanity.

On countless occasions, Barrister Allen Onyema’s thirst to light up the torch for Peace using the FEHN platform, has brought immeasurable succor to several individuals and communities. Examples of this could be seen in the reconciliation which he facilitated during the Idiaraba Ethnic violence in Lagos 2003, also the re opening of the Ladipo market that was closed in Lagos. In fact the intermittent crises which existed between the Yoruba’s and the Hausas at the Lagos abattoir came to an end when he intervened.  This is to mention but a few.

  

Onyema’s relentless thirst for the promotion of broad based Nationalism as against Ethnic Nationalism, found bearing in the first Nigeria Forever Project between 2004 and 2005. This programme which he single handedly funded from start to finish was executed in the 36 states of the Federation, recording not only a huge degree of success but also unbelievable impact.

He waded into the Niger  Delta region at a time when nobody dared, using his funds to sponsor youths to the Nonviolence training and transformational programme long before the Oil Companies, Government and International Community began to partner with him and invest in his training programmes. The impact of success which FEHN had with the transformation of restive youths drew the attention of SPDC. Prior to their encounter with FEHN, they had constantly experienced shutdowns of their operations due to the violent activities of restive youths. These endless disruptions came to an end when FEHN trained and transformed several youths, thus other Oil Companies like Chevron, Afren Oil etc, joined in the sponsorship of youths to the FEHN training.

Onyema’s forays into the Niger Delta region caught the attention of not only the International Communities, but also the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Presidency of late President Musa Yar’Adua, who through the NDDC led by Chief Timi Alaibe, got Barrister Allen Onyema and his organization - The Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN), to train and transform over 600 youths of the Niger Delta.

It was said that it was the success of this program that finally convinced the President to declare the Presidential Amnesty which was granted to Niger Delta Militants and clearly it was also stated that only Barr. Allen Onyema and his team could transform the Militants and this he did – training and transforming over 30,000 ex-militants.

FEHN has continued to encourage peaceful coexistence amongst Nigeria’s diverse Ethnic Beliefs, Cultures and Value system, this is evident in the recently concluded training of Leaders of various Ethnic Youth groups, to wit; Arewa, Ohaneze, Masob, IPOB, OPC, MBYF Youth Leaders . Thereby, fostering the culture of one Nigeria besides fully embracing Nonviolence as the most effective tool for social change.

This programme was solely sponsored by FEHN.

FEHN OBJECTIVES

  • To build a violence free society.
  • Re-orientation and transformation.
  • To Institutionalize Nonviolence and civil behavior in the country.
  • To promote the harmonious co-existence of our diverse ethnic nationalities.
  • To promote the ideals of broad based nationalism as against ethnic nationalism.
  • To promote interdependence amongst the ethnic groups.
  • To promote a youth leadership development

COLLABORATION

The following had, at one time or the other, collaborated/partnered FEHN in its programs:

  • Federal Government of Nigeria.
  • State Governments.
  • Traditional Institutions.
  • URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace studies, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA.
  • The Global Nonviolence Board – with its hqtrs in the USA.
  • The King Lithuli Transformation Center (KLTC), Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Multi – National Firms (Oil Companies)
  • The Congolese Government
  • OSOPADEC
  • NDDC

TECHNICAL PARTNERS

  • University of Rhode Island Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, RI, USA,(Franchise).
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • Lafayette and Associates, USA
  • The King Lithuli Transformation Center, Johannesburg, South Africa