NAME: AKEREDOLU, Oluwarotimi Odunayo
DATE OF BIRTH: July 21,1956
YEAR OF CALL TO BAR: 1978
YEAR OF CONFERMENTAS SAN: 1998
CONFERMENT SERIAL NO.: 139
Law Firm: Aketi
ADDRESS: Olujinmi & Akeredolu,
The Law Hub, 9 Ring Road, opposite Iyaganku GRA Roundabout, Ibadan, Oyo State
EDUCATIONAL / PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
LLB (Ife), BL
HONOURS & PREFERMENTS:
National Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association (1988-1989)
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ondo State (1997-99)
Member, Council of Legal Education, (1997-1999)
Member, Ondo State Judicial Service Commission (1997-1999)
Member, National Executive Committee, Nigerian Bar Association
Former President, Nigerian Bar Association
Member, Body of Benchers
Chairman, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (2005)
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION/PRACTICE: General Litigation, Commercial Practice, Corporate Law, Banking Law, Insurance Law and Practice, Arbitration, Conveyancing, Leases and Leasing, Legal Mortgage, Up- stamping of Documents and Processing of Letters of Administration.
Law Firm: Aketi
Address: 1 Azerez Aina Layout
Olusanya Hospital Junction Ring
Road, Ibadan, Oyo State
1, Ondo State Attorney General
2, NBA President, 2008-2010
Institution Attended: OAU
He likes to be simple addressed as Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu; because reeling out his full names constantly remained him of their true essence and depth of meaning. Aside this, Aketi-as he is fondly called says such attitude sprouts from some core values he inherited from his father.
“My father who was a local clergyman was called ‘Enire’ (Good person) in the community because he was passionate about justice and truth. He was always realistic and courageous in his dealing and never failed to impact these on his children”, Aketi reminisces.
Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, astute administrator and outstanding legal luminary was born 21 July 1956 in Owo, Ondo state and was called to the Nigeria Bar in 1978. A former Attorney-General in his home State of Ondo between 1997 and 1999, the quintessential gentleman of the bar was elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1998 and was Chairman, Legal Aid Council (2005-2006). Owning to his passion for quality public service and justice Akeredolu had dreams of being a politician, and so felt he needed to study Political Science in the university. But he soon found out that he could study Law and still achieve his dreams plus more, since had the flair and intellectual capacity for the legal profession. He looks back and declares with an air of contentment and good judgment that Law gave him a background and edge that Political Science or any other course among the Humanities wouldn’t have afforded him. When Rotimi Akeredolu SAN aspired for the headship of the Nigeria Bar association in the 2008-2009 legal year elections, he had a lot in his mind to achieve for the law profession and his country Nigeria. He identified the need to safeguard constitutional liberties, make the bar truly self-regulating, advance the interest of members of the Bar, enhance the quality of legal practice, promote Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) programs at the levels, ensure the NBA remains a strong gatekeeper of governmental actions policies and programmes, and promote easier access to justice for all as his driving force. It is needful to state that the quintessential Barman acquitted in all his projections.
He said he hoped to bring to bear on the present quality and effectiveness of the leadership of NBA the rich experience he had garnered from his long years of meritorious service to the general public and the professional body at both the branch and national levels, which include membership of the National Executive Committee since 1984, and as it National Publicity Secretary, 1998-1989. He delivered on this aspiration.
The senior lawyer has been of huge service to the NBA. Some of the other responsibilities he discharged for the umbrella body include: Secretary, 1990 National Law Week Committee, and Chairman, Publicity sub-committee; member, Law reporting Committee of the NBA, 1988-1990; member, Planning committee of the 6th Biennial Conference of the African Bar Association (1991); Member, Ondo State judicial Service Commission 1997-1999 and 2007 till 2008. Earlier responsibilities discharge for the association include: member, Bar Centre Committee, 1984: secretary, NBA Ibadan Branch (1985-1986): Member, Advisory Committee for Speedy Administration of Criminal Justice (1985-1986): Member, Honors Committee, 1988: Member, Human Rights Committee, 1989: Vice Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Ibadan Branch, 1991: and Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Ibadan Branch, 1992-1994. . (We acknowledge that this profile was culled from The Radiance of Silk, a publication of Goodways Publications Limited) and many other sources.