Keyamo, Festus Egwarewa Adeniyi

Born 21 January 1970

Ughelli, Delta State



Egwarewa Adeniyi
Festus Keyamo, a lawyer, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, FCIArb (UK), social crusader, critic and columnist was promoted on September 18, 2017, as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He was born to a father who hails from Effurun, Warri, in Delta State and a mother from Ilaro in Ogun State,
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse Isioma Irene Keyamo
State of Origin: Delta State
Father's Name
Mother's Name
Number of Male Children 1
Number of Female Children 1

Nicole Keyamo, Festus Keyamo Jnr.

Profession Politician , Lawyer
Working Experience
Previous Appointments:

• appointed as the director of Strategic Communications of the 2019 re-election bid of President Buhari
• September 24, 2019, Keyamo was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of State, for Niger Delta,
• Redeployed to Ministry of Labour and Employment[21] by President Muhammadu Buhari

• League of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) in September 2017

• Primary education at Model Primary School • Secondary education at Government College, Ughelli 1986. • Bachelor of Law degree in Ambrose Alli University at Ekpoma, in Edo State, 1992

All Progressive Congress (APC) as of 2022.

• Keyamo was named by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC), Nigeria in July 2017 as one of the outstanding Nigerian lawyers to be awarded the rank of SAN
• In 1992, Festus Keyamo was the Best Single Advocate of Nigeria Law Students, (Taslim Elias Moot Trial Competition)
• 1994, Festus Keyamo was awarded the best lawyer at Fawehinmi ‘s Chambers.
• 2001, Keyamo won the Activist of the year by the Students Union, University of Jos
• 2003, he was listed in the New Who is Who in Nigeria
• 2005, he was nominated for the World Medal of Honour by the American Biographical Institute.
• 2017, Keyamo received the Global Human Rights Award by the United States Global Leadership Council in Washington.
• 2018, Festus Keyamo received the award of Defender of Press Freedom Award from the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
• 2018, Festus Keyamo received the award of Defender of Press Freedom Award from the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
• September 2019, Keyamo was reshuffled to Minister of State Labour and Employment.

• He began his legal career in 1993 at Gani Fawehinmi’s Chambers in Lagos State,
• He was counsel to the leader of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari in his trial for treasonable felony
• Lead counsel in the treason trial of Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader of the Movement For The Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB)
• Keyamo was also a counsel in the murder of Bola Ige
• In 2008, he took the Federal Government of Nigeria to court over illegal appointments of service chiefs
• In 2017, Stephanie Otobo, a Canadian-based singer and stripper, accused Apostle Suleman Johnson, through her lawyer Festus Keyamo, of failing to keep a marriage promise made to her after allegedly having several sexual relationships with her
• Called to the Nigerian Bar on December 1993.
• Established Festus Keyamo Chambers

He started his legal practice with Gani Fawehinmi Chambers in Lagos State, southwestern Nigeria, at the peak of the agitation for the revalidation of the June 12, 1993 election.

Even as a young lawyer, he was at the forefront of legal activism with Chief Gani Fawehinmi and had an excellent performance in some landmark cases there that he was awarded Best Lawyer in Gani Fawehinmi Chambers in March 1994.

After he left Gani Fawehinmi Chambers in 1995, he had a brief period in a partnership and then established his own law firm, Festus Keyamo Chamber, which has since developed rapidly with three offices in Lagos State, Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Warri in Delta State and liaison offices in many other states with over 23 lawyers and more than 30 para-legal staff.

Before his appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Keyamo was one of the private prosecuting counsels for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In that capacity, he prosecuted some politicians on behalf of the Commission.

In his almost thirty years in legal practice, he has handled a number of contentious, statutory, and milestone cases in virtually all branches of the legal profession, and several pro bono cases.

Keyamo also has a strong history of social and legal activism. He partnered with his late boss in 1994, Chief Gani Fawehinmi and other pro-democracy activists in a movement against the then military rule, and for that, he suffered a series of arrests and detentions in prison.

In 2009, he incited an investigation into the leadership of the Federal House of Representatives over suspected extravagance and mismanagement of public funds in the purchase of 380 units of 407 Peugeot Cars.

His crusade for accountability by the Legislators led to the subsequent investigation, arrest and trial of the House Leadership. The case is pending at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, Nigeria.

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