Renowned environmentalist and activist, Nnimmo Bassey, was on the 29th of September, 2014 decorated by president Goodluck Jonathan as Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR). Nnimmo Bassey, the director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) is popular for his national and international struggle for environmental justice and human rights. The trained architect is also a poet and former Chair of Friends of the Earth International.
Nnimmo is a recipient of several international awards including the Right Livelihood Award popularly called the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ in 2010 and the Rafto Prize in 2012. He was also listed as a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment in 2009. These awards were in recognition of his long-term fight for people’s rights to life, health, food, water, livelihood and a safe environment in a world that is constantly facing threats of climate change and environmental devastation. In addition to his long list of recognitions, Nnimmo Bassey was decorated by the monarch, Oba Erediauwa of Benin City in 2010 with the Oba of Benin Green Award – Policeman of the Environment for his contribution to environmental sustainability and the 2011 Global Appreciation Award by the World Heritage Cultural Council (WHCC) in New York, USA.
Congratulations to him, very well deserving.
We hope more environmentalists get on the National Honours list, to inspire more action to sustain our planet.