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Monday, March 28, 2016

Braithwaite dies in Lagos



Pro-democracy activist, and founding presidential candidate for Nigerian Advance Party (NAP), Mr. Tunji Braithwaite, has been reportedly dead, reports, ITRealms.

Aged 82, Braithwaite according to reports monitored on AIT informed that died at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, on Monday after a brief illness, family members said.

Premium Times, also reports that Tunji was born in 1933, and is the youngest son of eight children.

Educated at the popular CMS Grammar School Obalende-Lagos, entering the school’s preparatory section in 1946, Tunji completed his education seven years later.

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 and thereafter signed the Rolls of Barristers at the High Court of Justice, London, before returning to Nigeria.

One of his most celebrated cases was in 1977‎, when Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti instructed him to represent the Kuti family and get Beko and Fela out of detention, as well as seek redress over some rights abuse by the Olusegun Obasanjo-led military junta. 

Mr. Braithwaite fought the case through the 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 sweetheart, Grace Falade, in 1956 while they were undergraduates.
He is survived by five children and many grandchildren.
 

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