ABIOLA, (Late) Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (GCFR)

Born Tuesday, August 24, 1937

Abeokuta, Ogun State




Kashimawo Olawale
Late Chief Abiola was the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election in Nigeria which was annulled by General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. He was detained for four years after which he died in suspicious circumstances on the day that he was due to be released on July 7, 1998. On June 6, 2018, Late Chief Abiola was conferred with the Posthumous Award of Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and in his honour, June 12, preserved as Nigeria's Democracy Day.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Simbiat A. Shoaga, 1960 , Kudirat O. Adeyemi, 1973 , Adebisi Olawunmi O, 1974 , Hamidat Doyinsola A., 1982
State of Origin: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Father's Name
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
Mother's Status N/A

Abdulateef Kola Abiola
Dupsy Abiola
Hafsat Abiola
Rinsola Abiola
Khafila Abiola
(35+ other children)

Profession Chartered Accountant , Publisher , Philanthropist , Businessman , Politician
Working Experience
Previous Appointments:

– Clerk, Barclays Bank, Ibadan;

– Executive Officer, Western Region Finance Corporation;

– Deputy Chief Accountant, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba, Lagos, 1965-67;

– Chief Accountant, Pfizer Products Limited, Lagos, 1967-69;

– Comptroller, the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, ITT, Nigeria Limited, 1969-70;

– Appointed Vice-President, ITT, Africa and Middle-East and Chairman and Chief Executive, ITT Nigeria Limited, 1971-88, (retired voluntarily from ITT, July 1988);

– Chairman and Chief Executive, Radio Communications Nigeria Limited, 1971-;

– Member, Constituent Assembly, 1977-78;

– Chairman, Decca (WA) Ltd (later renamed Afrodisia (Nig) Ltd), 1979;

– Publisher and Chief Executive, Concord Press of Nigeria Limited, Lagos,1980-;

– Founder, Wonder Bakeries Ltd, 1980;

-Chairman, Board of Directors, Habib Bank, 1982-1998;

– Co-founder, Africa Ocean Lines (Shipping);

– Chairman, Abiola Bookshop;

– Chairman, Abiola Farms Limited, Eggua, Ogun State;

– Chairman, Concord Air lines;

– Chairman, OAU Group of Eminent Persons on Reparation, 1991;

– Founder, Abiola Babes Football Club;

– Chairman, G.15 Business Development Council;

– Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, 1991;

– President, Nigerian Stock Exchange, 1991;

– Vice-President, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs

– Member, Executive Committee, Institute of Advanced Management Practice, 1965-68;
– Associate, Chartered Institute of Secretaries;
– Member, Institute of Management;
– Patron, Nigerian Olympic Committee;
– Grand Patron, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria;
– Grand Patron, African Sports Journalists Union;
– President, Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, 1991′

– Member and patron of many other associations

Nawaru-Ud-Deen School, Abeokuta, 1945; African Central School, Abeokuta, 1945-1950; Baptist Boys' High School, Abeokuta, 1951-56, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1961-63.

Member, National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC)
Member, banned National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and Chairman, Ogun State Chapter. 1978-82;
Member, Social Democratic Party (Presidential Nominee)

Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland;
Board Member, International Press Institute, 1992;

The Baba Adini of Yoruba land; Basborun of Ibadan land; the Bobagunwa of Egbaland; Aare Ona Kakanfo of Oyo; Baba of Gbagura Moslems, Abeokuta, and over one hundred and forty chieftaincy titles all over the country.

Honoured as Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR),1998;
Honoured as Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) by President Muhammadu Buhari, June 6, 2018.

– Patron, W.E.B. Du Bois Foundation, Accra, 1986, 1989;
– Winner, International Businessman Award. 1988. Los Angeles. USA;
– Patron, Congressional Black Caucus, USA;
– Patron, Black Parliamentary Caucus, UK;
– Honoured with the American Black Heritage Award of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, 1992;
– Received the Golden Key to Washington D.C, 1992;
– Winner, Humanitarian Award of the Southern Leadership Conference.

Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), by University of Tuskegee, March 1989;
DLitt (Hon), University of Ilorin, 1990;
DLitt (Hon), University of Jos, 1991;
DSc (Hon), Usman dan Fadio University, Sokoto, 1992;
LLD (Hon), Ogun State University, 1992;
Honorary Doctorate Degree, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1992.

Sports, Reading, Philanthropy

Moshood Abiola Crescent, Off Toyin Street, Ikaja, Lagos State.

Late Chief Abiola, popularly nicknamed as “Father Christmas” among Nigerians was a Philanthropist who gave generously to every just cause around the world.

For instance, in 1988, he gave $40,000 to Howard University for research in African Studies. In 1990, he gave N1 million to each State University, N500,000 to each Federal University and N250,000 to each Nigerian Polytechnic for improvement of students’ welfare. In the same year, he gave $50,000 for the construction of an Islamic Centre in New York City and $100,000 towards the 19th anniversary of Africare (which was dedicated to Nelson Mandela).

He also donated N30 million to Oyo State Education Development Fund and provided free Islamic education to more than 500,000 students across Nigeria through his Zulikha Abiola Islamic Centre.

In 1991, Late Chief Abiola established the Abiola Foundation for Reparation, a foundation set up for black victims of enslavement and compensation for the fortunes made from collecting Africa’s raw materials, a move he made to make the United States and the UK uncomfortable. He provided $500,000 to them.

7 July 1998
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