A True Nationalist and Man Of Peace


ALLEN ONYEMA is a nationalist committed to the promotion of national pride, cohesion, peace and unity.  He has always demonstrated the rare spirit of brotherhood by rendering assistance to airlift Nigerians facing serious challenges outside the country. He did that during the xenophobia in South Africa.

In 2020, in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Onyema airlifted more than 200 stranded Nigerians from the United Kingdom to Lagos. He repeated the same intervention gesture in Thailand, Malaysia, and India.

Onyema’s Air Peace was one of the airlines that airlifted Nigerians, mostly students fleeing the Russia – Ukraine war at Poland airport. Most recently, he helped returned Nigerians who were trapped in neighbouring Sudan.


Allen Ifechukwu Onyema, CON is a Nigerian lawyer and entrepreneur. He is the chief executive officer of Air Peace, which he established in 2013.

He was born in March 1964 in Benin City to Michael and Helen Onyema as the first of nine children. He hails from Anambra State, Nigeria.

Allen studied law at the University of Ibadan and graduated in 1987. He attended the Nigerian Law School and was called to Bar in 1989. He attended several Schools including Government College, Ughelli, Delta State.

He left Government College in 1984 having obtained his Higher School Certificate and was directly offered admission to read law at Nigeria’s Premier University, The University of Ibadan in the same year.

It was at the University of Ibadan that his appetite for peace made him to lead a group of nine other students to travel to the ancient city of Zaria to quell a raging religious and ethnic riot that claimed lives.

As a result of the publicity, he and his colleagues received on return to their campus, their enthusiasm grew and this led to the formation of a group known then as Eminent Friends’ Group – a group formed with the objectives of promoting ethnic harmony amongst Nigeria’s diverse ethnic nationalities and fighting the incidence of violence of all forms.

Upon graduation from the university in 1987, he established branches of the organization in all the states of the federation. While in the Nigerian law school in 1987, he combined his studies with social activism bothering on engendering peace in Nigeria.

Allen Onyema was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989 and started his legal practice in 1990 in Chief Vincent Amobi’s Law Firm – Nwizugbo & Company Lagos although he had a glaring opportunity to work in Shell Oil Company. He later ascended to become the Head of Chambers in Nwizugbo & Company two years later. After a well-spent career in Nwizugbo & Company, Allen Onyema resigned from this law firm to establish his own, ONYEMA & CO.

Aside from being a businessman, Allen is also a philanthropist, he is the National Chairman of FEHN (Foundation of Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria) and has also been appointed to the Executive Board of ICNC, the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, where notable world leaders such as Hon. Dr. Andrew Young and Suarez Ramos are members. Chief Allen Onyema also organized the “1st Nigeria Forever Project” a project steered towards the promotion of broad nationalism against ethnic nationalism, the project was supported by the Federal Government.

Allen Onyema is married to Alice Ojochiba Onyema and the union is blessed with four children.

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