NAME: ADESINA, Julius Oladele
DATE OF CALL TO BAR: 1982
YEAR OF CONFERMENT AS SAN: 2007
ENROLMENT SERIAL NO.: 268
PRESENT POSITION: Principal Partner,
Law Firm: Dele Adesina & Co. (City gate Chambers)
ADDRESS:-No. 109, Opebi Road, Ikeja Central Business District, Lagos State
No. 23, Kolda Street, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, F. C. T, Abuja
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The only instance he can remember that his father had cause to ever lift his hands on him was when he innocently misplaced his working cutlass at the farm. To his father, a hardworking man of robust integrity and mild disposition, it was unthinkable for a man to lose his cutlass; his most popular working tool and instrument of personal defense.
To drive home the importance of that implement in the life of a man, he deviated from his traditional peaceful disposition and gave young Dele a corrective spanking. That occasion firmly drove home the import of work and its instruments into the budding lad.
The same mentality resided in his mother; another no-nonsense workaholic and disciplinarian who would not accept that certain domestic chores are suitable for only a particular gender. She ensured that Dele took his turn to cook, wash, scrub and got involved actively in every domestic work at the homestead.
So strict was the mother in cultivating enduring values among her children that today Dele Adesina, SAN, is a well-rounded man and a hybrid of the characters of his two parents. His father’s abundant virtues of integrity and diligence are adequately represented in him just as his mother’s assertiveness and courage flow harmoniously in his personality make-up. Yet, Dele Adesina believes he does not have a particular hero in the true sense of the world. And this is because he perceives no single individual as having a complete assemblage of the virtues he aspires to have. In addition to the attributes of his parents, one finds other virtues which he had imbibed from other areas. For instance, he picked up some attributes from his spiritual father, Bishop David Oyedepo. From the latter he had come to learn that there is nothing you can dream of or imagine that is impossible to achieve with God on your side. He also picked up a number of virtues from some senior professional colleagues that he admires. One such senior colleague is Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, from whom he learnt the virtue of thoroughness, passionate handling of work and a deep sense of responsibility.
From icons like Chief G.O.K Ajayi, SAN, and Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, he imbibed the culture of decency and dignified carriage. From Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Dele cultivated the attribute of service to humanity.
As farmer and petty trader, his parents were not especially rich materially, but what they lacked in that regard, they made up for in values. They prepared to deny themselves any comfort to give it to their children. To demonstrate his understanding of the enormity of his parents’ sacrifice as well as the lessons from their repeated sermons, Dele chose to be a good child. It was a choice he open heartedly made.
He understood, during his university days at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, that the cost of keeping him at the university was a major source of hardship for his parents. He therefore, chose not to engage in any bad association that would prolong his study schedule even for one day. He carefully chose his friends among those given to diligent academic work. Adesina would later carry over that campus diligence into his professional practice. This virtue ultimately earned him the prestigious title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on 30 October 2007.
When the Senior Advocate aspired to be elected president of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, at the expiration of the tenure of Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, many people, including himself, counted on his earlier services and experience garnered while working at various capacities for the professional body as well as his intellectual capacity and zeal to clinch the exalted office. His interest in that office did not come from the blues.
He had refrained from contesting for the office in 2003 due to his huge respect for Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, who was also interested in the office. At that time he made do with the office of General Secretary of the association. He was therefore part of the success story that was recorded by the association during Chief Olanipekun’s tenure.
Avery committed man of the Bar; Dele Adesina has been a member of the Ikeja branch, NBA, since 1986. And in 1998 he assumed the chairmanship of the branch and held the office till 2000. He also virtually held all the relevant posts in the Ikeja NBA executive: secretary, publicity secretary, member of NBA disciplinary committee (1998-2002), as well as membership of the conference planning committee in 1998 and 2002-2007.
Dele Adesina has also distinguished himself in many public assignments. Prominent among them were his membership of the National Political Reform Conference, NPRC, of 2005. At the conference, he was a member of the Judiciary and Legal Reform committee as well as of the Drafting committee. He has been on the Board of Regents, Covenant University, Otta, Ogun State, and a member of the defence team of the committee for the Defence of Human Rights.
HONOURS & PREFERMENT:
General Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association (2002 – 2004)
Member, Governing Council, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (2002 – 2004) Member, Distinguished Body of Benchers (Since 2006)
Former Member, General Council of the Bar (2005).
Life Member, National Executive Committee Nigerian Bar Association (Since 2002)
Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch (1998 – 2000)
Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch (1991 -1993)
Member, National Political Reform Conference (2005)
Member, Judiciary & Legal Reform Committee of the National Political Reform Conference (2005)
Member, Board of Regent, Covenant University (Since 2003)
Member, Ekiti State Judiciary Service Commission
Adesina’s areas of specialisation include Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Practices, Oil and Gas, Human Right and Constitutional Law, Electoral Matters, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Real Property and Conveyance, Banking and Finance.
Burning Issues in the 1999 Constitution, (Editor-in-Chief); 1999 Proceedings under special Tribunals: – A critique of Decrees Jurisdiction and Practice and Procedure of Specialised Tribunals; 1999 The Force of Justice: – Review of some of the Landmark Judgments of Hon. Justice G. A. Oguntade JSC., CON. at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court; 2010
His contributions to law and humanity extend to well-researched publications. At the last count, they are well over 16, including schedule of cases & Enforcement of Judgment, which he presented at the National Workshop on Judicial Administration in Contemporary Nigeria organized by the Nigeria Law Reform Commission. He was born on the April 12,1957 (We acknowledge that this profile was partially culledfrom The Radiance of Silk, a publication of Goodways Publications Limited; and also from a publication of GEM COMMUNICATIONS RESOURCES, edited and supplemented.