Gani Adams

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Gani Adams
Born Otunba Ganiyu Adams
(1970-04-30) April 30, 1970 (age 47)
Arigidi-Akoko, Akoko North-West, Ondo State
Alma mater Lagos State University
Occupation Social activist, politician
Years active 1992–present
Organization Olokun Festival Foundation
Movement Oodua Peoples Congress

Otunba Ganiyu Adams (also known as Gani Adams, born April 30, 1970) is a Nigerian social activist and politician.[1] Ganiyu is the leader of a faction of the Oodua Peoples Congress, a secessionist and nationalist organisation based in Nigeria, which supports a sovereign state for the Yoruba people.[2][3] Oodua Peoples Congress was formed in 1994 as a socio-cultural group to promote Yoruba people and culture.[4] As the founding member and National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani rose to nationwide popularity after Inspector General of Police Musiliu Smith declared him wanted in 2000 with a financial reward of N100,000 for his group's involvement in violent clashes.[5] He was however arrested on 22 August 2001 but was later released after being held in prisons in Lagos, Abeokuta and Abuja.[6][7]


  1. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (8 March 2015). "Sack Jega now, Gani Adams tells Jonathan". Premium Times. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Berman, Bruce; Dickson Eyoh; Will Kymlicka (2004). Ethnicity & democracy in Africa. James Currey Publishers. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-85255-860-7. 
  3. ^ Tunde Babawale (2003). Urban violence, ethnic militias, and the challenge of democratic consolidation in Nigeria (Nigeria). Institute for Media and Society (Malthouse Press). ISBN 978-978-023-160-6. 
  4. ^ Johannes Harnischfeger (2008). Democratization and Islamic Law: The Sharia Conflict in Nigeria. Campus Verlag. p. 117. ISBN 978-3-593-38256-2. 
  5. ^ Suleiman, Toba; Adeyeye, Joseph (16 January 2001). "Nigeria: Wanted OPC Leader, Gani Adams, Arrested". ThisDay Newspaper. Archived from the original on 5 September 2001. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  6. ^ West Africa. Afrimedia International. 2001. 
  7. ^ Kayode-Adedeji, Dimeji (27 June 2015). "Nigeria Police made me famous – Gani Adams". Premium Times. Retrieved 2 December 2015.