Biography Of Richard Akinnola: A Man for What is Right and Noble.

Biography Of Richard Akinnola: A Man for What is Right and Noble.

What speaks for a man when he lives is a good reputation. “No wonder the adage, a good name is better than riches.”

If you understand the adage, then you should know Richard Akinnola. His reputation is a legacy that is sure to endure.

It is worthy to mention one principled man and, disciplined and has not failed to be involved in the struggle for the enthronement of Human Rights, Democracy, and the rule of Law in Nigeria.

He represents what is commonly said, “pen is mightier than the sword”.

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What does this mean?

During the Abacha years, he devoted himself to writing and exposing the truth in the struggle for democracy.

Biography Of Richard Akinnola

Here are the things you need to know about Richard Akinnola, The Nigerian journalist, author, and Human Rights Activist.

● Early life and Education
● Career
● Works by Richard Akinnola
● Impact created

Early Life and Education

He was born on August 23, 1958, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria into an aristocratic upbringing family. Richard Akinnola hails from Ondo Town, in Ondo State.

Akinnola attended St Thomas Primary School, Akure, and proceeded to Acquinas College, Akure, Christ School, Ado Ekiti for his secondary education.

As his dream and love for writing and journalism grew, he enrolled at the School of Journalism, Berkshire, U.K. Moreover, he returned to Nigeria and progressed to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos.

Richard Akinnola also attended the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France where he qualified as a Human Rights Activist.

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Akinnola is a Nigerian practicing print journalist who has covered the judicial beat.

He is also an author, lawyer, and activist.

In 1984, he became a pioneer staff of Vanguard and was the editor of the Vanguard Newspaper. In 1985, he started his weekly Law column.

Richard Akinnola is the executive director of the Centre for Free Speech organisation.

Through research and experience, he has written and published several books on media, law, and national development.

He is a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists and Civil Liberties Organisation (first human rights body).

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Works of Richard Akinnola ( Achievements)

These works can also be termed his achievements. This is because, through his books and articles. He was able to expose hidden truths by Nigerian leaders that really helped to attain democracy. These achievements include:

Newspaper articles

● Did I betray Richard Akinnola?
● A Plea To The Protesters
● Oshiomhole’s Deceptive Apology


● Abiola, Democracy, and Rule of Law. (1997)
● History of Coup D’etats in Nigeria.
● Nigerian Media and Legal Constraints. (1998).
● Fellow countrymen–: the story of coup d’etats in Nigeria (2000).
● Salute to courage: the story of Justice Yaya Jinadu.(1989).
● Reporting social and economic rights: a handbook for journalists (2002).
● Rights and limitations of Nigerian press (1996).
● Redefining journalism in a democracy (2002).
● The politics of corruption and the corruption of politics: the Atiku Abubakar cases in perspective by Richard Akinnola (2008).
● Prisoner J.60: the legal struggles of Gani Fawehinmi and what it means for all of us (2009).

Impact created

Richard has impacted lives through his Richard Akinnola Foundation, focusing and catering for the welfare of the underprivileged and widows of journalists and activists.

He has been the driving force behind some NGOs that came out of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), the first human rights body. Through these bodies, they were able to curb various pressing issues.

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