Shabanji Opukah

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Shabanji Opukah worked for British American Tobacco in Nigeria for 18 years as well as Rosebank Consulting, an environmental and social development consultancy active in Nigeria until 2016.1

Career with Tobacco Industry

According to his biography on the Rosebank website, Opukah worked for 18 years with British American Tobacco, including 12 at its London headquarters. He was “responsible for policy formulation and implementation on human rights, the environment and biodiversity”.1

Numerous Truth Tobacco documents concern or were authored by Shabanji Opukah during his tenure at BAT. For a list please see Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. A useful glimpse into his role is provided by the joint ASH, Christian Aid and Friends of the Earth report ”BAT in its own words”. It details how he worked to use the language of corporate social responsibility to blunt criticisms of the tobacco firm from outside organisations.2

Also formerly at Rosebank is Kehinde Johnson who was Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Director at British American Tobacco in Nigeria.

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  1. abRosebank Consulting, Rosebank Consulting Team, website, 2013, accessed January 2020
  2. Action on Smoking Health (ASH), BAT in its own words: Tobacco company papers show truth behind greenwash, 28 April 2005, accessed January 2020