In its effort to further enrich the content of The Sun, arrangement has been concluded with former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and renowned lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, to begin weekly columns in the newspaper with effect from today.
While Fani-Kayode’s column, Crossfire, features on Tuesday, Ozekhome’s Hardfacts will be published on Wednesday. The two columns will address issues bordering on the socio-economic and political developments in Nigeria and the world.
Fani-Kayode attended Brighton College, Brighton in the UK after which he went to Holmewood House School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, South-East England. He also attended Harrow School in Harrow on the Hill, United Kingdom and later Kelly College in Tavistock, UK, where he completed the rest of his public school education.
In 1980, he entered the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, where he graduated with an LL.B law degree in 1983. He also attended Cambridge University (Pembroke College).
Fani-Kayode was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 to June 2006. He was appointed the Minister of Culture (June 22 to November 7, 2006) and Minister of Aviation (November 7, 2006 to May 29, 2007).
Ozekhome obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (formerly University of Ife), graduating in 1980. He then attended the Nigerian Law School in (1981). He also earned Master of Laws (LLM) from the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1983.
Ozekhome worked at the Ministry of Justice, Yola as a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and then Federal Ministry of Justice, Lagos State. From there, he served as state counsel for the National Provident Fund (now Nigerian Social Insurance and Trust Fund (NSITF). He joined the chambers of the activist human rights lawyer and social crusader, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, where he gradually rose to become the Deputy Head of Chambers, a position he held till 1985. He founded his own multi-office firm, Mike Ozekhome’s Chambers, in 1986.
In 2010, he was one of 19 senior legal practitioners conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.