Last Updated on September 25, 2019 by Nikky
Nigerian Political activist, Entrepreneur and CEO of Air Peace, Allen Onyema Ifechukwu was born in Benin City, Nigeria in 1964. And although he was raised in Benin, he is from Anambra State.
He attended Government College, Ughelli and then went on to the University of Ibadan to study law. There in the University, he developed a passion for peace which led to formation of a group known then as Eminent Friends’ Group with the objectives of promoting peace amongst different ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Upon graduation in 1987, he established branches of the Organization in all the States of the Federation while still in Law school.
In 1989, he was called to the Nigerian Bar and then started his legal practice in 1990 in the Law Firm of Nwizugbo & Company where he became the Head of Chambers by 1992. He resigned from this law firm to establish his own firm ONYEMA & CO.
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Currently, he is the National Chairman of FEHN and also part of the Executive Board of The Global Nonviolence Conference Series Inc. USA with notable world leaders Hon. Dr. Andrew Young and Suarez Ramos as members.
This peace loving icon has earned several national and international honours and recognition. In 2007, he was received the Martin Luther King global award for pioneering nonviolence education in West Africa. He also received awards from Rotary Club and other notable bodies.
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 is married to Alice Ojochida Onyema from Kogi State and they are blessed with four children.