Who is Simon Ekpa?
Simon Ekpa is a Nigerian activist and scholar who has become a prominent voice in the struggle for self-determination for the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. He is a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and was appointed as a representative of the group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to coordinate IPOB activities in Finland.
What is his background?
Simon Ekpa was born in 1986 in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. He attended the University of Calabar, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. He later obtained a Master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Helsinki.
The arrested pro-Biafra agitator has lived in Lahti, Finland since 2007. He is a member of the National Coalition Party of Finland and was a candidate in the 2022 Finnish county elections.
What is his role in the IPOB movement?
Simon Ekpa was appointed by IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu as a representative to coordinate the group’s activities in Finland. He has since become a prominent voice in the movement, using social media to spread the group’s message of self-determination for the Igbo people. He has also been involved in organizing protests and rallies in support of the movement.
In 2003, Ekpa won a silver medal for Nigeria in 100 metres in the African Junior Athletics Championships in Cameroon.