by Ranti Joseph
Oronto Douglas, President Goodluck Jonathan’s special adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy died in the wee hours of Thursday after a long battle with cancer related illness.
Here are the 10 things you should know about him:
- Douglas was one of Nigeria’s leading environmental human right lawyer.
- He is the director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria which he helped co-founded.
- Douglas was a member of the legal team that represented Ken Saro-Wiwa before he was executed by the Nigerian military junta in November 1995.
- He has served on the board of several non-profit organizations within and outside the country and has been a visiting lecturer and speaker at community-organized events, international conferences, and universities all over the world.
- He remains the first Niger Delta activist to have been hosted at the White House by a serving American President in the heydays of President Bill Clinton.
- His articles and speeches have been published in books, journals, and magazines in Nigeria, Europe and the United States.
- Douglas is a Fellow of the George Bell Institute, England, and the International Forum on Globalization, USA.
- He was the Commissioner for Information, Culture, Tourism and Strategy for Bayelsa state in Nigeria.
- Oronto Douglas was a Nollywood ally who help facilitate the relationship between President Jonathan and Nollywood. He also made it possible for Nollywood to receive N3billion from Jonathan.
- With his friend, Ike Okonta, he co-authored Where Vultures Feast, the ground-breaking study on Shell and human rights violation in the Niger Delta.