After an intensive but rewarding Executive Course, renowned global environmental activist, Dr. Chima Williams (LLD, Honorary Causa – Human Rights), has, on the 17th day of February, 2023, been awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Law, specialising in Human Rights by the London Graduate School in collaboration with Commonwealth University College, Cotonou.

The Nigerian born Dr. Chima Williams is an environmental activist, an environmental lawyer, and one of the awardees of the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize, and award he bagged in honour of his bravery, uncompromising stances, and dutifulness to the noble services of protecting the earth by holding Royal Dutch Shell accountable for oil spillage from their facilities into the Niger Delta communities.

The Goldman award is given to honour and appreciate the work of grassroots environmental activists across the world who are working to protect the earth.

Dr. Chima Williams, an Executive Director of Environmental Right Actions/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), is the third Nigerian to receive the award after Ken Saro-Wiwa and Odigha Odigha who received the prize in 1995 and 2003 respectively.

Dr. Williams was part of the legal team that worked with the four fishermen from the three Nigerian communities that held Royal Dutch Shell company accountable for the oil spills and environmental damage on Oruma community, Bayelsa State; Goi community in Rivers State and Ikot Ada Udo community in Akwa Ibom state. He was also on the legal team that litigated and won against the action of gas flaring in Iwherekan community in the case of Jonah Gbemre Vs. Shell in 2005.

His environmental advocacy has meritoriously accorded him a seat amongst seats of the World’s Earth’s foremost defenders.

As a firebrand students’ leader at the University of Benin and Clerk of the National Association of Nigerian Students [NANS]—the radical organization that led thousands of students against Nigerian military junta—Dr. Chima Williams founder the Students Environmental Assembly Nigeria [SEAN], the very first students environmental justice group in Nigeria, to inspire and encourage Nigerian students to not only be conscious of their environment, keep it clean and healthy, but also to strive to become active defenders of the environment in particular and humanity in general.

From all of us at the TOWN CRIER, we say A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, Doc.

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