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  Allen Ifechukwu Onyema is a big deal in Nigeria. He was born in 1964 and is famous for being a lawyer and a businessperson. He’s the big boss of Air Peace, a famous airline he started in 2013.
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Early Life and Education

Onyema was born in March 1964 in Benin City to Michael and Helen Onyema, being the eldest of nine siblings. He hails from Mbosi in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. His educational journey led him to study law at the University of Ibadan, where he graduated in 1987. Following his university education, he attended the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Bar in 1989. While at the University of Ibadan, Onyema exhibited a passion for peacekeeping. He once led a group of students to quell a religious and ethnic riot in Zaria, showcasing his commitment to fostering harmony among Nigeria’s diverse ethnic groups. This experience spurred the formation of the Eminent Friends’ Group, dedicated to promoting ethnic harmony and combating violence. Upon graduation, Onyema established branches of this organization across Nigeria.

Establishment of Air Peace

In 2013, Onyema ventured into the aviation industry by founding Air Peace Limited, headquartered in Nigeria. His vision was to create a reliable and affordable airline that would cater to the needs of Nigerians and contribute to the development of the country’s aviation sector.
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Indictment and Legal Challenges

Despite his contributions to the aviation sector, Onyema faced legal challenges in 2019 when the US Department of Justice issued an indictment against him. He was accused of money laundering and bank fraud related to the purchase of aeroplanes for Air Peace. Allegations were made that Onyema falsified documents for the aircraft purchases and used the funds for personal luxury expenses. Although Onyema denies these accusations, in October 2022, one of his alleged co-conspirators pleaded guilty and was sentenced. However, Onyema and the Chief Financial Officer of Air Peace still face charges of criminality.

Legacy and Impact

Despite the legal turmoil, Onyema’s contributions to the Nigerian aviation industry cannot be overlooked. Air Peace has become one of the leading airlines in Nigeria, providing affordable and efficient air travel services to millions of Nigerians. Onyema’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to peacebuilding continue to inspire many, despite the challenges he faces.
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Final Thoughts

Allen Onyema’s journey from a lawyer to a successful entrepreneur underscores the resilience and determination of Nigerians to overcome obstacles to achieve success. While legal challenges may arise, Onyema’s impact on the aviation sector and his dedication to peace remain significant aspects of his legacy.
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This article was first published on 4th May 2024 and updated on May 5th, 2024 at 6:23 pm


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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