BACKGROUND

Comrade Sunny Oghale Ofehe was born 1st February 1972 in Lagos State, Nigeria. He hails from Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.

He attended Ogelle Primary School Ughelli, Delta State and Completed his Secondary education at Unity School Agbarho also in Delta State. Did his undergraduate studies at the University of Benin, Benin-City, Edo State where he measured in Industrial Chemistry.

He fled Nigeria 26th November 1995. 16 days after the execution of renowned author and playwright Mr. Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 9 by the late military junta Gen. Sani Abacha who was then the Head of State in Nigeria.

He played an active role in demonstrations to actualise the annulled presidential election of June 12, 1993 widely believed to be the freest and fairest election ever in the history of Nigeria democracy, won by the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola under the platform of the now defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP).

In the wake of the military clampdown on pro-democracy activists in 1995, Comrade Sunny Ofehe fled the country for the Netherlands where he sought political asylum. His human rights activism has spanned a period of 15 years where he has been in the fore-front on the campaigns for better environmental, economical and social rights for the marginalised people of the oil rich Niger Delta region.

In 2005 he founded the now very famous Hope for Niger Delta Campaign (HNDC) organisation with headquarters’ in the Netherlands, an organisation whose primary aim is to set a paradigm for the restoration of hope and the establishment of a peaceful Niger Delta. As part of information dissemination, the HNDC started the production of a monthly Niger Delta Diaspora magazine called "Inside Niger Delta Magazine". This is the first of its kind outside Nigeria. He is the CEO/MD of this new venture.

His non-violent approach to his advocacy has endeared him to many. He has played prominent role in bringing an end to hostage taking of foreign oil workers in the Niger Delta. His campaign has led to specific release of Dutch kidnapped oil workers in recent times. His uncompromising stance has brought him against people in government and even some of the militants groups.

October 4th 2007, assailants suspected to be hired assassins invaded his family house in Benin-City and strangled his 60 year old mother to dead. He has repeatedly stated that he is holding the government and all arms of the security forces in Nigeria responsible for the barbaric act.

In September 2008, Comrade Sunny Ofehe began a documentary film on the Niger Delta showcasing the untold stories of the region and using it as a means to campaign for peace. This new initiative has brought him face to face with notable militant leaders such as Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo of the Niger Delta People Volunteer Force (NDPVF) and Boy Loaf (MEND Commander). He visited the camp of the popular Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) in December 2008 and called for a truce. The process of peace is still ongoing.

Comrade Sunny Ofehe is married to Mrs Dorothy Faluy and they have four children.