Born in Nigeria, Affiong’s political life began as a frontline student union activist at the University of Ibadan, where she graduated.
Affiong L. Affiong
Born in Nigeria, Affiong’s political life began as a frontline student union activist at the University of Ibadan, where she graduated with a BSc Hons degree in Political Science. She obtained a second degree in Law from the University of Lagos, where she developed her work as a student leader and political organizer in the Students Representative Council (SRC) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the umbrella organisation of the student movement.
A delegate to the Senate of the National Association of Nigerian Students Assembly at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, she was arrested and incarcerated with other student leaders by the military government for challenging and mobilising mass support against the regime’s attempt to ban the vibrant and independent student union movement.
Forced into exile, Affiong relocated to London, where she organised as a frontline campaigner in the UK based pro-democracy movement against military dictatorship in Afrika and the struggle to return Nigeria and other Afrikan nations to democratic rule in the 90’s.
She worked within the Black community in London as a grassroots campaigner and national advocate on immigration, reparations, race relations and amnesty for unregistered migrants.
Within the British human rights community, she actively campaigned against Western backed anti-people regimes in Afrika, SHELL Petroleum’s exploitation of the Niger Delta and the UK government’s financing of the deadly arms trade.
On a Pan Afrikan level, she mobilised to bring contemporary struggles for Afrikan liberation on the Continent into the public domain and political agenda in Europe as a leading activist and organiser of the Afrikan Liberation Support Campaign (ALISC).
In 1998 Affiong moved to Ghana, to head the Afrika Secretariat of the Jubilee 2000 Coalition, a global campaign against 3rd world debt slavery working to expose the role of Western financial institutions in Afrika’s economic crisis and advocate for the unconditional cancellation of the so-called debt.The Jubilee 2000 Afrika Campaign called for the repudiation of odious debts by Afrikan governments and reparations for the atrocities of slavery and colonialism by Western powers.
Co-founder of Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan Afrikan Women’s Network created to establish links between Afrikan women on the Continent and in the Diaspora, Affiong is Executive Director of the Moyo Pan Afrikan Solidarity Centre.
The Solidarity Centre is a foundation for developing group, organisational and institutional capacities to facilitate the re-emergence of autonomous Afrikan people’s institutions. The Centre promotes awareness and knowledge on the wealthy legacy of Afrika’s contribution to world history and human development.
She is a researcher and historian on Afrika’s anti-colonial struggles, with a focus on the life, legacy and era of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana. She is also an international advocate on human and people’s rights including women’s rights, reparations, debt repudiation, social justice and development.
A dynamic speaker, political organizer, cultural ambassador and public interest advocate, Affiong is a revolutionary Pan Afrikanist dedicated to the struggle and victory of genuine liberation and unification of Afrika and her global diaspora under a Sovereign Union of Afrikan States.