Harrison Emefiena Gwamnishu, born on July 17, 1989, is a name synonymous with resilience and unwavering dedication to human rights causes. His life’s narrative is a compelling story of transformation, from being an awaiting trial prisoner to becoming a prominent human rights activist, entrepreneur, and aspiring political leader in Delta State, Nigeria.
Harrison Gwamnishu Profile
Harrison Emefiena Gwamnishu
Date of Birth
17 July 1989
State of Origin
Human Right Activist
Harrison’s educational journey commenced at Enugu Iyi Primary School in Ubulu-Uku, Nigeria. He later pursued his secondary education at Santa Maria College, Ubulu-Uku. Armed with a National Examination Council Certificate, Harrison currently seeks knowledge in Mass Communication at ISTM University, Togo.
Post-release, Harrison emerged as a beacon of hope for those left behind in prison. He took the helm as the Delta State Coordinator of Stephen and Solomon Foundation, an NGO, and assumed the role of State Coordinator for Joint Legal Action Aids, a Human Rights Advocacy Group.
Harrison’s dedication to human rights earned him the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship award in the United States. There, he honed his skills in Civic Leadership at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Driven by his passion for justice, Harrison founded the Behind Bars Initiative (BBI), a Human Rights Organization comprising over 1000 volunteers. BBI’s mission is to provide support and free legal services to victims of Human Rights abuse, securing the release of numerous unlawfully detained individuals and tirelessly working to reform the system responsible for these injustices.
Harrison wears multiple hats as an entrepreneur. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of HarryTech Security, specializing in the sales and installation of surveillance equipment. Additionally, his ventures include HarryTech Processing, renowned for producing premium Garri known as ANIOMA GARRI, and HarryTech Rides, offering car hire and rental services.
Harrison Gwamnishu has been nominated, appointed, and inaugurated as a member of various governmental bodies, including the Delta State Justice Sector Reform Team, State Judicial Panel of Inquiry, and the Delta State Human Rights Protection Committee, where he works under the leadership of the Delta State Governor.
Harrison’s advocacy extended beyond borders as he secured the freedom of Nigerians detained for overstaying in Kenya. He rescued a 15-year-old girl forced into child marriage in Anambra State. Another victory came when he led efforts to rescue a 14-year-old girl who had been forced into child marriage with a 65-year-old man in Nnewi. This survivor was fully rehabilitated and offered a scholarship.
As the 2023 Labour Party Candidate for Aniocha South Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Harrison Gwamnishu aims to bring his passion for justice and advocacy into the realm of politics.
Harrison’s life took an unexpected turn when he found himself behind bars, facing charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, attempted murder, and possession of firearms. However, it was during this period of incarceration that his advocacy journey began. Harrison championed the cause of poor prison inmates, providing financial support for their medical treatment and legal representation. His unwavering commitment to their well-being eventually led to his exoneration by a Delta State High Court in Asaba in 2015.