• MKO-PHILANTHROPY

    MKO Abiola’s philanthropy came into full-swing in 1970. He used his wealth to address some of the challenges he encountered in his earlier days. He fought his way out of poverty and sought to assist others to do the same.

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  • MKO Abiola and Nelson Mandela

    He set his sights further afield when he started making financial contributions to those fighting white minority rule in Southern Africa, as far back as 1976 he was sponsoring the ANC and other similar groups.

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  • Fundraising event

    He was committed to raising money for good causes and entertaining people at the same time.

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    His philanthropic activities occurred beyond Nigeria and Southern Africa. MKO Abiola addressed issues of concern to the African continent and Diaspora at large. In August 1987 he organised the first pan-African conference on food security in Africa.

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  • Aare

    Again in 1987 he received the highest honour available to a commoner in the Yoruba tribe. He was made the 14th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. In effect he became the Field Marshall of the Yoruba people. In accepting the title he was pledging to defend the Yoruba people with his life.

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  • MKO-CBC-TRIBUTE

    He was also receiving honours for his philanthropic work outside of Nigeria. In September 1989 the Congressional Black Caucus of the United States congress paid tribute to MKO Abiola for his commitment to improving the lives of Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora.

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    A year later he was given another honour in the United States, when he was made a trustee of the Martin Luther King foundation. This gave him the opportunity to work closely with Mrs. Corretta Scott-King in furtherance of a common mission to bring equality and dignity to Africans all over the world.

     

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    He was given yet another award 1991. His acceptance speech for the Bethune-Dubois award set out MKO Abiola’s pan-African vision and his concerns that political independence for Africa and Africans living in the Diaspora, had not yet translated into economic freedom.

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  • Homepage_the statesman

    Alongside his international recognition, he was also receiving recognition back in Nigeria for his philanthropic work there. In 1991 he was again conferred with another important Chieftancy title, this time it was in Osogbo, Southwest Nigeria.

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  • Emir

    MKO was also receiving recognition and honour outside of his home region. In 1991 he was turbanned (an Islamic honour) three times. Two out of those three times, he was turbanned in the North of Nigeria. He eventually became the vice-president of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, which made him the deputy leader of Nigeria’s Muslims. He was only second to the Sultan of Sokoto.

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  • MKO Abiola and Bishop

    MKO Abiola used his cross-over appeal to bridge divisions in Nigerian society. He was equally at home in a church or a mosque.

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    He also sought to bridge the divide between all of Africa’s people. As Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity’s Group of Eminent Persons on reparations, he reached out to leaders across Africa and the Diaspora. He wanted Africans to speak with a united voice on the issue of seeking reparations for colonialism and slavery.

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  • Reparations

    He gave press conferences and speeches around the world explaining why he thought that Africans were entitled to reparations.

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  • MKO-ASA-LECTURE

    In the same year MKO Abiola made an endowment to the African Studies Association, based at Rutgers university in the United States. The objective of the endowment is to afford senior African scholars the ability to develop research and present lectures on issues of relevance to the progress and development of Africa, at their annual meetings.

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  • speech

    MKO Abiola also gave speeches of his own on another issue close to his heart- women.

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  • donation to women

    He also made donations to help improve the quality of life of women living in the developing world.

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  • kids

    Above all, MKO Abiola sought to inspire and encourage the next generation of Africans with his own life story.

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