Nnimmo Bassey



Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)

Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation; Coordinator, Oilwatch International


Climate Change, General interest in environmental issues

Right Livelihood Award, 2009

TIME Magazine "Hero of the Environment", 2009

2012 - Rafto Human Rights Award

Nnimmo Bassey is director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and Coordinator of Oilwatch International. He was chair of Friends of the Earth International (2008-2012) and Executive Director of Nigeria’s Environmental Rights Action (1993-2013). He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Noble Prize.” In 2012 he received the Rafto Human Rights Award. In 2014 he received Nigeria’s national honour as Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in recognition of his environmental activism. Bassey has authored books on the environment, architecture and poetry. His book, To Cook a Continent - Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa (2012) has been translated in Portuguese and Finnish. His forthcoming book is titled Oil Politics – Echoes of Ecological War (Daraja Press, 2016).