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Former Nigerian interim leader, Ernest Shonekan, is dead

Chief Ernest Shonekan, who was an Interim Head of State from 26 August 1993 to 17 November 1993 has died at the age of 85.

The former leader took over the helm of the nation affair in the government that succeeded the junta of General Ibrahim Babangida. His government was ousted in a coup led by General Sani Abacha.

Prior to his political career, Shonekan was the chairman and chief executive of the United African Company of Nigeria (successor of The Niger Company), a vast Nigerian conglomerate, which at the time was the largest African-controlled company in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Shonekan was born on 9 May 1936 in Lagos. The son of an Abeokuta-born civil servant, he was one of six children born into the family.

Shonekan was educated at CMS Grammar School and Igbobi College. He received a law degree from the University of London, and was called to the bar. He later attended Harvard Business School.

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