Tunji Braithwaite Dies At 82!
The founder of the Nigerian Advance Party and pro-democracy activist, Tunji Braithwaite, died Monday, March 28 at age 82 years.
Braithwaite died at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos after a brief illness, family members revealed.
Born in 1933, Braithwaite was the youngest son of eight children. He was educated at CMS Grammar School between 1946 and 1953.
In 1955, he sat for his A-Levels at the London University at Kennington College, and enrolled in 1957/58 as a Law student at the Council of Legal Education in London. He was called to the Bar in 1961 at Lincoln’s Inn, before returning to Nigeria.
One of his most celebrated cases was in 1977, when late Prof. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti instructed him to represent the Kuti family and get Beko and Fela out of detention, as well as seek redress over rights abuses by the Olusegun Obasanjo-led military regime.
Braithwaite fought the case from High Court to the Supreme Court, leading other notable lawyers, including Olu Onagoruwa and Alao Aka-Bashorun, among others.
A lawyer, politician, pro-democracy activist, author, Mr. Braithwaite was married to his childhood friend, Grace Falade, in 1956 while they were still undergraduates. He is survived by five children and many grandchildren.
Many prominent Nigerians have begun the usual renditions of testimonials and tributes to the dogged pro-democracy exponent.
Source: Premium Times
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