This Nigerian politician is 55 years old (born in 1960). However, politics are not the only thing he is interested in. His name at birth was David Oluwafemi, which translates as the one, loved by God. The family has a rich history of education and spirituality. The grandfather of David was the first Nigerian, who got his degree in UK. He was also a spiritual leader in his church and a pastor.
Femi Fani-Kayode has followed in the footprints of his ancestor and started his education in England. He obtained his law degree from the University of London and carried on the education in Cambridge. Besides being a lawyer and political leader, Femi writes poems and essays. He is an evangelical Christian.
His political career started in 1989. He entered Nigerian National Congress and one year later was appointed to be Tom Ikimi’s chief press secretary. He left Nigeria in 1996 during Sani Abacha reign and returned in 2001. He participated in the election campaign of Olusegun Obasanjo. Since the election was successful Fani-Kayode has appointed Special Assistant on Public Affairs.
He held this position for three years and resigned in 2006. That same year he took the position of Minister of Culture and Tourism and later on that year shifted to being the Aviation Minister of Nigeria. A year later in 2008 Femi Fani-Kayode was subjected to allegations. He was accused of misusing almost 20 billion naira from the Aviation fund.
At the end of 2008 Femi Fani-Kayode got arrested and suspected in 47 incidents of money laundering. He refused to acknowledge these claims as just and said they were motivated by political reasons. Six month later he was released and all the charges against him were removed. Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had no evidence of his guilt.
This victory was so significant to the person that he has even changed his name to Olufemi Olu-Kayode, which means the Joy is in the Lord. The case against Fani-Kayode was not completely closed. In 2014 the largest part of accusations was completely removed cutting them down from 40 to 2. The overall sum of the money he supposedly laundered was also lessened from 10 to 2+ million naira.
Besides being a politician he has become a poet, too. During his struggle Femi wrote many poems, pouring his soul out and describing the situation in his country. Presently Femi Fani-Kayode serves as Director of Media and Publicity for National Electoral Commission.