Nicholas Jean Messan Lawson
(born 11 March 1953) is a Togolese
politician and businessman.
Lawson was born in Aného
, Lacs Prefecture
. He studied hotel management in Ireland
. After working as an executive for a number of French companies, he established a network of businesses in West Africa
, including food processing in Côte d'Ivoire
, pharmaceuticals manufacturing in Ghana
, and newspaper publishing in Togo.
As Togo transitioned from single-party
rule to a multiparty
system, Lawson took part in the Sovereign National Conference of July and August 1991 as a member of the Association for Social Faith and Freedom, and he was a member of the High Council of the Republic, which acted as the transitional parliament following the National Conference. He was also Special Advisor on Political Affairs to Prime Minister Joseph Kokou Koffigoh
during the transitional period.
Lawson, running as an independent, was the first person to declare his candidacy for the June 2003 presidential election
. In the election, he won 0.20% of... Read More