S.A.N Femi Falana Full Biography

BIRTH NAME:            Femi Falana

DATE OF BIRTH:        May 20, 1958

OCCUPATION:          Lawyer; (SAN)


Femi Falana is a popular Nigerian Lawyer and human rights activist. He is the father of Falz, a popular Nigerian rapper, singer, online comedian and actor and husband to Nigerian women’s rights activist Funmi Falana.


Femi Falana was born on May 20, 1958. He is a native of Ilawe, Ekiti state, Nigeria. Femi Falana attended St. Michael’s Primary School, Ilawe, between 1963 and 1968. When he concluded his primary school, Femi attended Sacred Heart Catholic Seminary between 1971 and 1975.

Femi later gained admission into the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University), where he studied law between 1977 and 1981. He was called to the bar a year after. In the year 1991, Femi Falana Floated his own Chambers which he then called Femi Falana but later changed to become Falana and Falana Chambers, having his wife Funmi as a partner a partner.


Having excelled in his law practice, Femi Falana Became a Senior
Advocate of Nigeria in the year 2012. Activism. Femi Falana is a known
human right activist in Nigeria. Nothing can best describe his nature
than an article written of him by https://successdigestonline.com/ which
goes like this:
 “By the standard of living in Ekiti (then a part of the
present Ondo State) in the 50s, his father was well to do and he
therefore could have lived comfortably even without activism. But the
passion to defend the less privileged was too strong for him to resist;
it is the way he wants to live his life. And though he once contemplated
it, he decided to opt out of the opportunity to take an oath of
celibacy as a Catholic priest, coupled with the fact that he could not
watch other people suffer where he lived; this led him to ‘marry the

From there he took interest in Constitutional criticism with the
intention of correcting the anomalies in the society. In the course of
doing that, he had to go through hard times of arrests, detentions,
charges of treason in the course of fighting for the masses. But mind
you, it was this hard way that has led to his success and fulfilment
today. Falana has always been like this: vocal, fighting for the cause
of others.

Even as a student leader at the then University of Ile Ife,
now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, he stood his ground against
oppression from the successive military governments. He started his
legal practice in 1982. Barely a year with that even as a youth corps
member, he handled the case of 7 University of Ibadan students who were
arrested for protesting for their rights.

He succeeded in securing their
freedom and he became a human rights activist as early as 1983 when he
took bail for the students who had been unlawfully remanded in prison
custody. Falana revealed that this incident led to his not being issued a
discharge certificate by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) after
his one year mandatory national service. In July 2001, Falana petitioned
the Justice Oputa led Human Rights Panel set up by the then Obasanjo
administration over his withheld certificate but the NYSC denied that
the certificate had been intentionally withheld and instead averred that
it was Falana who had not requested for it.

The certificate was
subsequently released to him on live television at the commission’s
sitting in 2001. The certificate was released 18 years after the
completion of his service. Even as an activist, Falana is also provides
free legal services to the poor and disadvantaged. He has been detained
numerous times by the security services for his activism and he has won
numerous awards locally and internationally for his activism. He
contested and lost the governorship election of Ekiti State in 2007 on
the ticket of the National Conscience Party; as of 2011 he was the
National Chairman of the party.”

Falana said that his wife initially struggled to accept the career
choices of their children who chose to practise other professions aside
from law.
Falana, who was a guest speaker at a valedictory service
and prize giving day ceremony of Crown Heights College, Ibadan,
recently, shared his personal experience with parents at the event,
urging them not to force any profession on their children.
said, “Don’t force any course on your children; don’t insist that they
must be a doctor or a lawyer. My son Folarin, who was working in our
chambers, came to inform me one day that he wanted to leave. I said I
could find him a place in one of my friends’ chambers. But he said no,
‘I’m going to be a musician’. When I asked why, he convinced me but he
couldn’t convince his mother because she’s also a lawyer. Today, he’s
doing well as a musician and not as a lawyer. So let’s debate with our
children to know what they want to do.”

Falana also shared the
story of the late Nigerian music legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who chose
to study music against his parents’ wish for him to become a medical
He urged the graduating students of the school to be focus
and their parents to “develop interests in the affairs of their

Femi and Kids

SOURCES: nigerianbiography.com,www.takemetonaija.com

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