Ernest Shonekan


January 19, 2022

Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan (born May 9, 1936 in Lagos, died January 11, 2022 therein) - Nigerian lawyer and politician, President of Nigeria from August 26 to November 17, 1993.

Curriculum vitae

Youth and education

He was born and raised in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria at the time. He was one of six children in the family. He was educated at a grammar school. He received a law degree from the University of London. He completed managerial training at Harvard Business School.

Professional career

From 1964 he worked in the United Africa Company of Nigeria, after a few years he was promoted to the position of assistant legal counsel. He was deputy advisor two years later and soon joined the board. In 1980 he became the chairman and chief executive officer of UAC. He was the CEO of the largest African company in Black Africa.

Political career

He was a consummate and proven businessman with extensive contacts all over Nigeria. His proven skills, reliability without visible political bias, made him a potential candidate for the position of a civilian manager in the midst of the country's economic and political crisis. On January 2, 1993, Shonekan joined the interim council. As head of the council, he was exposed to attacks for the state of public finances. In 1993, the budget deficit was 28 billion nair. The government was unable to pay off the debt and had to hold ongoing talks about rescheduling the debt.


He died on January 11, 2022 in Lagos.


External Links

NewN. Omoigui NowaN., Nigeria: The Palace Coup of November 17, 1993 [archived from 2011-07-15].

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