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Biography of Festus Keyamo, family, career, net worth

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Festus Keyamo is a legal practitioner, columnist and activists who presently serves the federation as the minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development.

ENigeria Newspapers archives a brief profile of Festus Egwarewa Keyamo

Profile summary

Name: Festus Egwarewa Adeniyi  Keyamo SAN, FCIArb

Date of birth:  21st January, 1970

State of origin: Effurun, Delta State, Nigeria

Religion: Christianity

Education:  Ambrose Alli University

Political party: All Progressives Congress( APC)

Occupation: politician, Lawyer

 

Early Life

Festus Keyamo hails from Effurun in Delta State, Nigeria but was born in Ughelli in the same Delta State on January 21st, 1970.

 

Family

His parents are Mr Matthias and Mrs Caroline Keyamo, there are no details of Festus Keyamo’s siblings but he has extended relatives.

Festus Keyamo is a divorcé who was once married to Mrs Isioma Irene Keyamo who gave birth to two kids, Nicole and Festus Keyamo Jnr.

 

Education

Keyamo had his primary education at Model Primary School and secondary education at Government College, Ughelli, where he obtained the West African School Certificate in 1986.

He  later proceeded to Ambrose Alli University at Ekpoma, in Edo State where he received a Bachelor of Law degree in 1992 and was called to Bar in December 1993 after attending the Nigerian law school in Lagos.

Career

He started practicing in 1993 at Gani Fawehinmi’s Chambers in Lagos State  after which he left to establish his firm, Festus Keyamo Chambers.

He was counsel to the leader of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari in his trial for treasonable felony and lead counsel in the treason trial of Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader of the Movement For The Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). He was also a counsel in the murder of Bola Ige.

In 2009, Keyamo led the investigation of looted  and mismanaged public funds by the leader of the Federal House of Representatives.

He sued the  Federal Government of Nigeria  over illegal appointments of service chiefs in 2008 and also the sex scandal case between Apostle Johnson Suleman and  Canadian-based singer and stripper, Stephanie Otobo.

 

In April 2018, Keyamo was appointed as the director of Strategic Communications for president Buhari’s re-election campaign in 2019.

He was appointed Minister of State, for Niger Delta, during ex-president Mohammadu Buhari’s second term in office and later  redeployed to Ministry of Labour and Employment  in 2019.

Awards Received

In 2017, Keyamo was awarded the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC), Nigeria .

He received  the  Global Human Rights Award by the United States Global Leadership Council in Washington in 2017.

He received  a national award by former president, Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

In August 2023, Festus Keyamo was made minister of Aviation and Aerospace development by president Bola Tinubu.

Net Worth

Festus Keyamo estimated net worth is around $1.5 Million.

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