12 Things Teenagers May Not Know About MKO Abiola

There is a set of Nigerians who may not understand what the whole ruckus is about when talking about M.K.O Abiola, simply because they were born a few years after Abiola’s mandate was won, canceled and the man later died.

Late Dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha with MKO Abiola

Here are 12 things which Nigerians who are 20 years old and younger may not know about Abiola:

  1. He was born Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, but was popularly called by the acronym of his name, MKO.
  2. He was born on August 24, 1937 in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
  3. He was his father’s 23rd child but the first of his father’s children to survive infancy.
  4. He was a wealthy industrialist who owned thriving businesses spanning telecoms, agriculture, media and the oil sector.
  5. Abiola ran for the presidency in the 1993 election alongside his running mate, Baba Gana Kingibe.
  6. The election was annulled by the then Head of State, Ibrahim  Badamosi Babangida, a self-styled, Military President.
  7. In 1994, Moshood Abiola declared himself the lawful president of Nigeria in the Epetedo area of Lagos and that was the beginning of his battle with the military government.
  8. This led to his arrest and incarceration for nearly five years.
  9. He was the editor of The Trumpeter, a magazine of his secondary school — Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, while former President Olusegun Obasanjo was deputy editor.
  10. Abiola married many wives during his lifetime and had many children. His first wife was Simibiat, who died before his 1993 presidential bid. He lost another wife, Kudirat, on June 4, 1996 while he was still in detention.
  11. Abiola died shortly after the death of General Sani Abacha, on the day that he was due to be released, precisely on July 7, 1998.
  12. Since his death, there have been agitations to recognise him as the undeclared president of Nigeria and for government to also recognise June 12 as a watershed in Nigeria’s political history.
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Updated: August 2, 2019 — 12:35 pm


  1. Have been hearing mko abiola but never got know the full meaning…
    Thanks for the info though

  2. Well I must say that this is really a wonderful piece of information

  3. I also heard his the son of the principal in fela and obasanjo, abiola himself primary school

  4. 12 Things Teenagers May Not Know About MKO Abiola Thanks for the information

  5. wow, what a history of mko abiola, i have being wondering because mine is EKO but the full meaning is Ekene Onyekaoha

  6. This is good history,for up coming generations,dis should be documented

  7. What a great tragedy he what that June 12 in Nigeria bcos he never live to enjoy his mandate.

  8. What a painful thing that happened to MKO Abiola.Denied his mandate,jailed unlawfully and eventually died in jail.”The President that never ruled”.

  9. I don’t think there is someone who can do like mko now I don’t know about those that are not yet born

  10. What a great history from 10morenew, the younger adults needs to know this.

  11. Good history on mko abiola,,thanks to 10morenews for the summarized history

  12. I never knew about this. And some says he died the day he was released from prison

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