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Adams Oshiomole – a brief biography of his life

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Adams Oshiomole is an activist, and a politician who made his name when he was the president of NLC – Nigerian Labour Congress. In Nigeria news and politics, he features prominently. This write up is a brief research into his life.


Adams Oshiomole was born in Edo State, in Iyamho, which is in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State. He was a Christian convert. Before he was converted to Christianity by his late wife Clara, he was a muslim. His late wife Clara, who died of cancer, converted him into Christianity as a Catholic. His actual date of birth is 4 April, 1952.

When he finished secondary school, Adams Oshiomole was lucky to get employed by Arewa Textiles Company. While working for this company, he became the union secretary. Later on, in 1975, became a full-time trade union organiser.

As time went on, he travelled outside Nigeria to continue his studies. He studied economics and industrial relations at Ruskin College, Oxford in UK. His educational experience also involves his studies at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

Clara Oshiomole, his late wife, died on 7 December, 2010 at Maitama Abuja clinic. She died of breast cancer. Nee Akharagbo, as she is called died when Adams was the governor of Edo state. Five years later, Adams Oshiomole  married a new wife, a young Cape Verde model and lawyer, Lara Fortes on Friday 15  May 2015.

A Union Executive and Leader

Adams Oshiomole was appointed in 1982 the General Secretary of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria. It was believed this Union at the time Oshiomole was given this post had 75,000 workers under its umbrella. He was elected for a second term for this same office.

While he was the General Secretary of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, he became the president of the Nigerian Labour Congress. He was the president of NLC from 1999 to February 2007.

During his time as the president of the Nigerian Labour Congress, he negotiated a 25% wage increase for public sector workers. This took place during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo. In fact, his leadership of the NLC made the name NLC for prominent in Nigeria because he fought for the welfare of the Nigerian workers. He led a demonstration and strike against the increase in oil prices in Nigerian during the time of Obasanjo. Being an activist Union leader, he paid the price by suffering harassment and imprisonment from the Nigerian government.

His prominence and good work as the President of Nigerian Labour Congress earn him the merit to be appointed to represent African Workers for two terms on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Moreover, he was a member of the executive Board of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

A Political Leader

Later on, having gained popularity from serving as the NLC president, decided to go into Nigerian politics. He ran for the governorship elections in his state, Edo state, under the party APC in April 2007. He lost to the Osunbor, the PDP candidate for the election. After contesting the election in the election tribunal, the tribunal and the federal Appeal Court sitting in Benin City declared Adams Oshiomole as the winner of the election and that he should be sworn in as the governor of the state.

After being a governor in Edo State for four years, the people of Edo state voted for him again for another four years term. So he ruled Edo State for Eight years. He was elected for a second tenure in 2012 and he finished on November 12 2016.

After some months of political hiatus, on 23 June 2018, he was elected the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria. Till date he is the APC national leader.

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