Today is 19 years after MKO's demise: Check out 19 things you should know about the late Abiola (Photos)

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Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, popularly called MKO was a true hero, businessman, philanthropist, and politician, he was voted president in what has unarguably turned out to be the freest and fairest presidential election in the history of Nigeria. Today marks the 19th year after his demise. We bring you 19 things you should know about MKO...Read below
1.      His name, Kashimawo, means "Let us wait and see". Moshood Abiola was his father's twenty-third child but the first of his father's children to survive infancy, hence the name 'Kashimawo'. 

2.      It was not until he was 15 years old that he was properly named Moshood, by his parents.

3.      A very wealthy man with business tentacles in several pies and several continents, he, nevertheless appealed to the majority of the poor who saw his philanthropic gestures as an unusual outreach from the bourgeoisie. 

4.      Moshood Abiola married many wives; notable among them are Kudirat Olayinka Adeyemi in 1973 and Remi Abiola. He also fathered many children.

5.      Moshood Abiola was conferred with 197 traditional titles by 68 different communities in Nigeria from 1972 until his death.

6.      His financial assistance resulted in the construction of 63 secondary schools, 121 mosques and churches, 41 libraries, 21 water projects in 24 states of Nigeria, and was grand patron to 149 societies or associations in Nigeria.

7.      Chief Abiola, personally rallied every African head of state, and every head of state in the black diaspora to ensure that Africans would speak with one voice on the issues.

8.      He was made the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, which is the highest chieftaincy title available to commoners amongst the Yoruba, and has only been conferred by the tribe 14 times in its history.

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9.      His campaign theme: Hope 93 had a subtheme, Farewell to poverty.

10.  Abiola was also a man of style as evidenced by his memorable campaign jingles.

11.  He picked another Muslim as his running mate, Baba Gana Kingibe, he, however, won the vote of the many Christians who defied religious slant of his ticket.

12.  In 1994 Moshood Abiola declared himself the lawful president of Nigeria in the Epetedo area of Lagos island, an area mainly populated by (Yoruba) Lagos Indigenes.

13.  A successful businessman, chartered accountant, Abiola was at that time set to become the first university graduate to preside over the fate of Nigeria.

14.  After declaring himself president he was declared wanted and was accused of treason and arrested on the orders of military President General Sani Abacha, who sent 200 police vehicles to bring him into custody.
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15.  President Mandela had visited Nigeria in 1994 and engaged General Abacha on the matter of the release of Mr Abiola.

16.  Moshood Abiola died on the day that he was due to be released, on 7 July 1998.

17.  Abiola died exactly 19 years today at the point of his release from detention, after the usurper, Gen. Sanni Abacha who detained him died a month earlier.

18.  He was awarded the third highest national honour, the Commander of the Federal Republic posthumously in 1998.

19.  He would have have been 80 today.


  1. What do i do with this info now? He was dead the last time i checked na Kemi

    lol..kidding..thanks KFB!


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