Kayode Fayemi is a Nigerian politician who is currently serving as the Governor of Ekiti State. He was also the Minister of Solid Minerals Development in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet from 11 November 2015 to 30 May 2018, when he resigned to contest for a second time as Governor of Ekiti State. Here’s all to know about Kayode Fayemi; Biography, Age, Net worth, Education, Wife, Children, Awards, Political positions held, etc.
Who is Kayode Fayemi?
John Olukayode Fayemi was born on 9 February 1965 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He is a Nigerian politician and chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum since 16 October 2018. He previously served in office between 2010 and 2014 before losing re-election to Ayodele Fayose.
Full name: John Olukayode Fayemi
Date of birth: 9 February 1965
Net worth: $300 Million
Wife: Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi
Children: Folajimi Amandla
Education: Obafemi Awolowo University, King’s College London, and University of Lagos
State of origin: Ekiti State
Place of birth: Ibadan, Oyo State
Books: Out of the Shadows: Exile and the Struggle for Freedom & Democracy in Nigeria
After his first degree in 1984, he proceeded on the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps from 1985 to 1986, during which he was a lecturer at the Nigeria-Police Training College in Sokoto. After his service year, he served as a Research Officer at Development & Management Consultants in Ikeja between 1987-1989. When he moved to the UK to pursue his doctoral studies between 1991 to 1993 he worked as a Research Officer at the African Research and Information Bureau in London.
In 1992, he was a Tutorial Fellow at the War Studies Department at Kings College, London during his doctoral studies. Later between 1993 to 1995, he was the Strategy Development Adviser of Deptford City Challenge in London and later served as the Secretary-General of the Media Empowerment for Africa (The Radio Foundation) in London between 1995-1997. He was also a journalist with The Guardian and City Tempo; and the Editor of Nigeria-Now, a defunct political monthly magazine. In 1997, Fayemi returned to Nigeria where he established the Centre for Democracy and Development Centre for Democracy & Development, a research and training institution dedicated to the study and promotion of democratic development, peace-building, and human security in Africa, where he served as Director from 1997 to 2006.
Kayode Fayemi has taught in Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He has also served as an adviser on transitional justice, regional integration, constitutionalism, security sector reform, and civil-military relations issues to various governments, inter-governmental institutions, and development agencies. He was the main technical adviser to Nigeria’s The Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission (Oputa Panel), which investigated past abuses, and served on the Presidential Implementation Committees on Security Sector Reform, NEPAD, and the Millennium Development Goals.
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