The executive director of the Ola Oni Centre in Oshogbo, Osun State, and renowned former student activist, Abiodun Kolawole, has died in a road accident. Comrade Kolawole and his wife died instantly as a 14-seater bus he was driving from Ifako Ekiti reportedly hit a huge crater and then somersaulted. His assistant was also critically injured.
Mr. Abiodun Kolawole was a research officer at the Center for Constitutionalism and Demilitarization, an NGO based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is affiliated with the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights and the Alliance for Democracy (AD), a Nigerian political party. An active participant in Nigeria's student and democracy movements, Mr. Kolawole was instrumental in the formation of the United Action for Democracy, a coalition of human rights, labor, and pro-democracy groups committed to social justice, transparency, and good governance. Noting that democratic nations cannot be built without the participation of the people, Mr. Kolawole used his fellowship to examine methods and strategies for encouraging popular participation as a means of strengthening Nigeria's fragile democracy.
Kolawole was 45 years old.