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Profile of Barr. Allen Onyema


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THE PROFILE OF THE CHAIRMAN, FEHN

BARRISTER ALLEN ONYEMA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allen Ifechukwu Onyema was born in Benin City in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria
in 1964 to parents of Anambra State Origin. He had his early education in Benin.


He attended several Schools including the prestigious Government College, Ughelli.

He left Government College in 1984 having obtained his Higher School Certificate and was directly offered admission to read law at the Nigeria’s Premier University, The University of Ibadan in the same year.

 

 

It was in the University of Ibadan that his appetite for peace made him to lead a group of 9 other students to travel to the ancient city of Zaria to quell a raging religious and ethnic riot that claimed lives. As a result of the publicity he and his colleagues received on return to their campus, their enthusiasm grew and this led to the formation of a group known then as Eminent Friends’ Group – a group formed with the objectives of promoting ethnic harmony amongst Nigeria’s diverse ethnic nationalities and fighting the incidence of violence of all forms in our nation.

 


On graduation from the University in 1987, he established branches of the Organization in all the States of the Federation. While in the Nigerian Law School in 1987, he combined his studies with social activism bothering on engendering peace in Nigeria.


Barrister Onyema who was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989 started his legal practice in 1990 in the Law Firm of Nwizugbo & Company and rose to become the Head of Chambers by 1992. He resigned from this law firm to establish his own

outfit ONYEMA & CO. He equally floated the

property Company of Allen Onyema & Company and an import trade outfit- Continental Business Links Ltd.

Barrister Allen Onyema is not only today the National Chairman of FEHN but also has been appointed to the Executive Board of The Global Nonviolence Conference Series Inc. USA with notable world leaders as Hon. Dr. Andrew Young and Suarez Ramos as members. By this appointment which was confirmed in April 2007, he became the second African ever to be so appointed to the Global Board.

His works of peace particularly in the area of transforming the restive youths of the Niger Delta Region has earned him several national and international honours and recognition.

AWARDS
I. THE 2007 MARTIN LUTHER KING GLOBAL AWARD FOR PIONEERING NONVIOLENCE EDUCATION IN WEST AFRICA.
II. HOPE FOR HUMANITY AWARD- FROM ROTARY CLUB
III. 2006 AFRICA LEADERSHIP MERIT AWARD- FROM AFRICA INTERNATIONAL NEWS MAGAZINE

Allen Onyema initiated, organised and held with the support of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the “1ST NIGERIA FOREVER PROJECT” in 2005 – a project geared towards the promotion of broad nationalism as against ethnic nationalism.

He won for Nigeria the hosting rights for this year’s Global Conference on Nonviolence and Peace which comes up in Abuja from December 3-5, 2007.

A highly detribalized Nigerian, Allen is married to Alice Ejembi from Kogi State with whom they have four children.



Allen Onyema
National Chairman,