Braithwaite who was born in 1933, the youngest son of eight children. He was educated at the prestigious C.M.S Grammar School, entering the school’s Preparatory Section in 1946 and completing his education there in 1953.
He proceeded to sit for his A Levels at the London University at Kennington College in 1955 and enrolled in 1957/58 as a Law student at the Council of Legal Education, London. He was admitted into Lincoln’s Inn that same year and graduated as a barrister in 1960.
In 1978, Braithwaite founded the Nigeria Advance Party as progressive political party during the Second Nigerian Republic, he was the party’s presidential candidate in the race for the 1979 presidency.
He remained a vocal opposition to successive military regimes and made a return to partisan politics in 1999 with the country’s return to democracy.
He is survived by his childhood sweetheart; Grace, children and many grandchildren.