Khafila Abiola is a human rights and democracy activist from Nigeria. She comes from a family of dedicated Pan-Africanists and courageous fighters for freedom and justice. Her father, M.K.O. Abiola, won the Presidential election held in Nigeria in 1993 but served out his term in solitary confinement, incarcerated by the military. He died in prison, on the eve of his release. Her mother, Kudirat, was a democracy leader who organized major strikes, marches and fought assiduously against the military. In 1996, she was assassinated in the streets of Lagos.
To continue the legacy left by her parents, Khafila actively works as a member of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND). Currently, she works as the Development Officer and is responsible for building a community of friends that support KIND’s mission and vision. She is also responsible for organizing and speaking at international engagements and human rights campaigns for KIND. Khafila is involved in the global movement to empower youth as a member of the State of the World Forum’s Emerging Leaders Program.