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Festus Keyamo Basic Information
|Stage Name:||Festus Keyamo|
|Real Name:||Festus Egwarewa Adeniyi Keyamo|
|Occupation:||Lawyer, Columnist, and Human Rights Activist|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||21 January 1970(53) Years Old|
|Place of Birth:||Ughelli, Delta State|
|Height:||5 Ft 7 In|
|Net Worth:||$1.5 Million|
Festus Keyamo Biography
Although his father comes from Effurun in the Delta State in southern Nigeria, he was born on January 21, 1970, in Ughelli. Keyamo attended Model Primary School for his primary school and Government College in Ughelli for his senior education.
In 1986, he earned his West African School Certificate there. He then went to Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, southern Nigeria’s Edo State. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law in 1992 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in December 1993.
Festus Keyamo SAN is the firstborn son of Pa Matthais and Caroline Keyamo. Unfortunately, the number of siblings and total family size cannot be ascertained at the time because information about them isn’t readily available to the media. But it is known he has a sister(cousin) called Mariam.
His parents are Pa Matthias Egharewa Keyamo and Mrs. Caroline Abeni Keyamo. Pa Matthias from Effurun in Delta State got married to Caroline Ogunjobi of Ilaro in Yewa Ogun State, and though he is late now, was an exceptional public worker who later worked as an auditor in the Midwest before transitioning to the private sector as the Managing Director of the Olori Group of Companies will be remembered for being one of the pioneers of the modern cooperative systems. In addition, he was respected for his honesty, faith, patriotism, courage, honor, loyalty, and love of family, friends, and the community at every level of his service.
His siblings are not as frequently in the press as their eldest brother. Therefore little is known about them besides Mariam Keyamo, who made headlines after her wedding. Of his siblings, Festus is the firstborn.
His union with Isioma yielded two offspring, Nicole and Festus Keyamo Jr.
On May 15, 2004, in Benin City, Festus Keyamo married his estranged wife, Mrs. Isioma Irene Keyamo. But, unfortunately, it only lasted for six years.
At Gani Fawehinmi’s Chambers in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, he started practicing law in 1993. After working with Gani Fawehinmi’s offices for two years, he departed to create his firm, the Festus Keyamo Chambers.
In 1997, Festus Keyamo founded the organization ‘Youth Against Misguided Youths’ to oppose the late General Sani Abacha’s effort at self-succession. In the murder of the federation’s attorney general of that time, and minister of justice, Bola Ige, Keyamo also served as a counsel and later was Prosecutor for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).
He served as lead attorney in the treason trial of Ralph Uwazuruike, the head of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra(MASSOB), as well as counsel to Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, the leader of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, in which he was charged with a treasonable felony.
He sued the Nigerian Federal Government in 2008 for making unauthorized service Chiefs appointments. Indeed, Keyamo has a long history of social and legal activity.
He joined forces with his late boss, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, and other pro-democracy activists in a movement against the then-military administration in 1994. As a result, he endured a string of arrests and prison detentions.
His battle for legislators to be held accountable resulted in the investigation, arrest, and trial of the House Leadership. The Court of Appeal in Abuja, Nigeria, is still hearing the case.
He sparked an investigation into the Federal House of Representatives leadership in 2009 over allegations of wasteful spending and mishandling of public funds when 380 407 Peugeot cars were purchased.
Singer and stripper Stephanie Otobo, located in Canada, accused Apostle Suleman Johnson in 2017 through her attorney Festus of breaking a marital oath he gave her after multiple sexual encounters with her. The case dragged on until the Duo reportedly decided to settle outside court.
Keyamo was selected in July 2017 as one of the top Nigerian attorneys to receive the rank of SAN by the Law Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC), Nigeria.
Inducted into the elevated league of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) in September 2017 were Keyamo and other individuals listed on the 2017 SAN list. But, sadly, musician Eedris Abdulkareem rephrased this acquired recognition as “Senior Advocate of Nonsense” following their spat that saw Eedris accuse Keyamo of “talking through both sides of the mouth.”
Keyamo also received the Global Human Rights Award in 2017 from the United States Global Leadership Council in Washington, recognizing his long-term work to defend and promote human rights and push for accountable governance in Nigeria.
Festus was one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second administration’s nominees for a minister. He underwent an equal senate screening following his nomination.
After being appointed on August 21, 2019, Keyamo served as Nigeria’s Minister of State for the Niger Delta until September 24, 2019, when President Muhammadu Buhari transferred him to the Ministry of Labor and Employment.
Keyamo was chosen to lead strategic communications for President Buhari’s 2019 reelection campaign in April 2018. Later, Muhammadu Buhari appointed Festus to join his cabinet. As of 2022, Festus Keyamo is a registered All Progressive Congress (APC) member.
Following the build-up to the 2023 elections, Festus Keyamo, who was made a spokesperson for the All Progressive Congress Party, was seen to always be in contention of words with media houses during interviews and on social media as he always tried to prove that his party’s government has delivered on “its Promise.” He was always heard to lambast the Peter Obi Movement that identifies as “obedient,” as he sided with his party’s candidate.
He is estimated to be worth around $1.5 Million.
Festus’ private garage has not yet been made available to the media. Nevertheless, he shows modesty, even saying he hasn’t received any official cars for his job.
As a rich man, it is expected that he resides in luxury even though his abode isn’t made known to the public’s prying eyes.
Festus Keyamo SAN FCIArb was called to bar in December 2003 and has since exhibited grit and tenacity as he doggedly added activism to his law practice. After years of dedication, in September 2017, he was awarded SAN by the Law Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC), Nigeria.
The Festus Keyamo chambers have grown with offices in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory, Warri in Delta State, and liaison offices in numerous states. More than 23 lawyers and more than 30 paralegals are presently working with him.