A Tribute To Tunji Braithwaite (1933 – 2016)

Tunji O! Tunji O! The socio-cratic revolution is just beginning! Where are you!

Tunji was a Christian, gentleman, an ardent lover of Nigeria’s advancement.  He was deeply committed to Nigerian overall progress.

As a political leader of the Nigeria Advance Party, Tunji spent his family fortune in organizing the party’s activities.

tunjibraithwaiteIn 1983, he visited me in Ile-Ife to plan the political strategies of NAP.  Mr. Ashe Emmanuel, a literature graduate of University of Ife was one of the activists.

NAP was a leftist political party, whose social message was not very well received because it was very different from the other criminal political organizations from 1999 – 2015.

When I published my book entitled, “The Colonial Legal Heritage”, Tunji rated it highly as an expose on the British colonial jurisprudence for colonial administration.

When the Papadine University in America conferred on him with a Ph.D, after defending his major work, “The Jurisprudence of the Living Oracle”, I read the treatise with unmistakable pride. Tunji was an insurance lawyer, a nationalist and a prayerful person.  He felt pain at the looting of Nigeria by politicians and the military hierarchy.

I want to narrate an interesting incident at No. 4 Okesuna Street, Lagos, where Tunji had his Law Office.  He invited me to consult on NAP matters. As we were discussing, Fela Anikulapo Kuti drove in with 27 ladies, members of his dance troupe.

He told Tunji that he wanted a “legal marriage” to the 27 ladies. This raised parabolic shock in me and I told Fela that bigamy was prohibited by our laws. He replied, “Biga What?  Tunji politely declined to wed Fela and his queens. Fela then took leave of us and headed to an Ifa priest in Mushin.

He will be sadly missed.  His oracular political musings will be remembered for a long time.

Tunji O! Tunji O! Tunji O!.

Written by
Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai
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