Femi Falana, Barrister (SAN)
Barrister Femi Falana, a native of Ilawe, Ekiti State, Nigeria was born on May 20, 1958. Femi Falana’s primary education began at St. Michael’s Primary School, Ilawe, between 1963 and 1968. After which, Femi attended Sacred Heart Catholic Seminary between 1971 and 1975.
Upon gaining admission into the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University), he studied law between 1977 and 1981 and was called to the bar a year after. He worked with the Public Complaints Commission between 1982 and 1983 and practiced as a lawyer under the firm of Alao Aka – Bashorun and Co. between 1983 and 1991. In 1991, Femi Falana began his own chambers which is now known as Falana and Falana Chambers, having his wife, Funmi as a partner.
Barrister Femi Falana, popularly known as a Human Rights Activist, has championed legal causes in support of Human Rights all through his legal career. He is renowned for providing free legal services to the poor and disadvantaged and had suffered long spells in detention under Nigeria’s past military dictators. Femi also contested the governorship election of Ekiti State in 2007 on the platform of National Conscience Party, a party he served as National Chairman in 2011.
For his legal prowess, he was conferred with the rank, Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2012. Femi has published many articles, papers and books including –
- Fundamental Rights Enforcement, Legaltext Publishing Company 2005 (251 pages)
- Legal and Policy Framework of Occupational Health and Safety in Nigeria in Idowu Awopetu et al (eds) (1998)
- WORKING IN DANGER, P. 52, a CDHR Publication, Editor-in-Chief, Weekly Report of Nigeria;
Femi Falana belongs to many Professional Memberships and held various leadership positions such as President, West African Bar Association, Member, Nigerian Bar Association and Member, West African Bar Association, Member Pan African Lawyers Union and Member, International Bar Association. Mr. Femi Falana is a recipient of National and International Awards and Honour; some of which are: “Defender of the year Award” from the international league for Human Rights in 2000; The Ogoni Merit Award – 2002; Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award 2003; and Bernard Simon Memorial Award for the Advancement of Human Rights – 2003.
Falana and Falana’s Chambers is a leading law firm in constitutional law and Human Rights services. His firm has also represented many victims of Human Rights violations in Nigerian Courts and the ECOWAS Community Court.
It is in recognition of the towering and overwhelming achievements that Starman Magazine has considered Barrister Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, highly worthy to be conferred with the Distinguished Starman Award For Human Rights and Service to Humanity.