Nnimmo Bassey is director of an ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and Coordinator of Oilwatch International. He chairs the Board of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria, an organization he co-founded and led as executive director from 1993-2013. From 2008-2012 Bassey chaired of Friends of the Earth International, the world’s largest grassroots environmental advocacy network with members in 74 countries. Bassey is a licensed architect and practices from Benin City, Nigeria
Bassey has authored books on the environment, architecture and poetry. His poetry collections include We Thought It Was Oil But It Was Blood (2002) and I will Not Dance to Your Beat (Kraft Books, 2011). Pambazuka Press published his book, To Cook a Continent – Destructive Extraction and Climate Crisis in Africa in 2012.
He was named Time Magazine’s Hero of the Environment in 2009 and was a co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” In 2012 he received the Rafto Human Rights Award.