Hafsat Abiola

Nigerian Human Rights & Democracy Activist
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Peace Leadership Award
World Future Council
Ashoka Fellow

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Lagos, Nigeria

Hafsat Abiola is a human rights and democracy activist from Nigeria, whose activism arose after a series of tragic family events. In 1993, the Nigerian military government decided to hold a democratic election for president. Hafsat's father, Chief Moshood Abiola won the election, but instead of being allowed to take office, he was imprisoned. His wife, Kudirat Abiola was assassinated for leading a campaign to try to free her husband. In honor of her mother, Abiola founded KIND, (Kudirat Institute for Nigerian Democracy) which works to empower women and youth and advance democracy and development in Africa. She travels around the world to share her story and her passion for justice and democracy, inspiring many other women and youth to work for a better world.

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