By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja
Arch. Nnimmo Bassey has recently, been listed on the 2023/2024 edition of Portraits of 100 Foremost Nigerian Thought Leaders
Arc. Nnimmo Bassey was listed alongside, retired general and philanthropist, Gen. T. Y. Danjuma and Billionaire businessman and chairman of Glo, Chief Mike Adenuga, publisher of the Guardian newspapers, Dame Maiden Ibru; Chief Afe Babalola, Dr Adedeji Adeleke, Architect Harcourt Adukeh, Henry Odein Ajumogobia, Chief Adebisi Akande, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Archbishop Margaret Idahosa, Federal super Permanent Secretary, Philip Asiodu, and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Architect Obong Victor Attah among others
Arch. Nnimmo Bassey was also recently, conferred with the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Fellowship at the ANA 42nd International Convention (ANA@42) 2nd November, 2023, at the Chinua Achebe International Conference Centre, Mamman Vatsa Writers’ Village, Mpape, Abuja.
This recognition is not only local as Dr. Nnimmo Bassey was also conferred an honorary Doctorate of Law in recognition of his environmental advocacy work, writings and general contribution to humanity’s advancement by the York University in Toronto, Canada, all in 2023.
These among many other awards give us a glimpse of Dr. Bassey. Nigeria’s most visible environmental advocate and the most outspoken on the debacle of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria where the rich endowment of fossil fuel has morphed into a multileveled resource curse amidst gross environmental degradation of the area in addition to other socioeconomic fallouts of oil find.
65-year-old Bassey is not just a trained architect but a strong advocate for food security, a writer, columnist, profuse poet, and author, authoring almost 20 books from poetry, and architecture to environmental subjects. They include such popular titles as ‘We Thought It Was Oil But it Was Blood’ (poetry); ‘To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa’ (environmental discourse) and ‘Living Houses’ (architecture).
Listing him as one of Nigeria’s top 100 for the year 2023/2024 is absolutely a well deserved laurel, knowing his contribution to the protection of mother earth, through the famous Health Of Mother Earth Foundation.
Portraits of Patriots: 100 Foremost Nigerian Thought Leaders is an elite listing of accomplished Nigerians who have contributed to the development of the country.
Edited by Kammonke Abam, Steve Ogah, and Tammie Edet Kammonke, Portraits of Patriots profiles Nigerians who have put the country first above personal considerations, ethnic leanings, political affiliations, and every other selfish ambition which often tends to limit the vision of many others.
It is an assemblage of some of Nigeria’s finest leaders in different spheres of life, that the publishers believe, are currently playing key roles in the emergence of a new Nigeria
These 100 men and women were selected in acknowledgement of their notable accomplishments and contributions to the development of Nigeria.
The compendium curates the inspirational stories of these outstanding men and women selected from across the broad spectrum of society including civil society actors, entrepreneurs, political leaders, C-suite company leaders, professionals etc towards building a virile Nigeria.
Their undying passion for Nigeria exemplified by their selfless service, consistent sacrifices, and invaluable contributions to its development over the years have earned them a place in the book of records.
The publishing firm, Profiles & Biographies, is a biographical firm that curates history and documents the contributions of history makers to national development.
Their publications are reference documents that are distributed to universities and research institutes, media houses, international development agencies, the diplomatic corps, the presidency, the National Assembly, and MDAs.
The full list of all those who made the prestigious book of records and the PDF copy of the book can be downloaded from the project’s media partner, www.livesmagazine.ng