April 20, 2024 6:06 am





Celebrated Legal Luminary, Afe Babalola Marks Remarkable 60-Year Journey in the Legal Profession

Today, the Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado Ekiti will be hosting a special event to honor its founder, Aare Afe Babalola, on the occasion of his 60th anniversary of being called to the Bar. This gathering will see the presence of prominent figures in the legal profession and other important dignitaries.

One of the highlights of the event is an anniversary lecture, which will take place at the Alfa Belgore Multi-purpose Hall, ABUAD at 10:00 am. The lecture, titled “The Future of Constitutional Democracy in Nigeria: Imperative of A New Constitutional Order”, will be delivered by the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah. Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, will serve as the chairman of the lecture.

  1. The event will also feature testimonials and goodwill messages from friends, admirers, and associates of Aare Afe Babalola.
  2. The day’s activities will include a book launch, with Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, CON, Wema Bank, Fidelity Bank, Union Bank, Zenith Bank, First Bank, Polaris Bank, and others as chief launchers.
  3. The proceeds from the book launch will be used for the construction of the ABUAD museum.
  4. The celebration dinner, featuring a performance by King Sunny Ade, will conclude the day’s events at 7:00 pm.

The event is organized by Aare’s mentees, admirers, and beneficiaries to commemorate the Diamond Anniversary of this exceptional leader in the legal profession. Channels Television, the award-winning station, will be covering the event live.

Notable dignitaries expected to attend the event include the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON; the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III; and the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Yakubu Maikyau SAN, FCIArb.

Other attendees include members of the legal profession and academia, royalty, clergy, delegates from the University of London and King’s College London, captains of industries, and members of the diplomatic community.

Aare Afe Babalola, OFR, CON, SAN, FNIALS, LL. D (London), FCIArb, is a highly respected legal doyen and educationist. He was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales on July 9, 1963. A true advocate par excellence, he has made remarkable contributions to Nigerian Law and Jurisprudence through his outstanding advocacy in court and authoring several law books. He has been invited by the Supreme Court of Nigeria as Amicus Curiae on numerous occasions.

Aare Afe Babalola is also a committed educationist and has served as a two-term Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council of the University of Lagos, UNILAG. He is the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State (ABUAD), which has recently been ranked as the number 1 university in Nigeria and number 321 globally by the highly respected Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. Furthermore, he has trained over 1,000 lawyers and mentored 25 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, the largest number produced by any Law Firm in the country.

Aare Afe Babalola’s remarkable contributions have been acknowledged with over 50 titles and awards worldwide. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from 10 universities, including the University of London, University of Lagos, and University of Ibadan. He has also been honored with prestigious national awards such as the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) and Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).

This event is a testament to the extraordinary legacy of Aare Afe Babalola and his all-round relevance to the world. It is a celebration of an uncommon phenomenon in the legal profession, an advocate, and an educationist who has dedicated his life to making the world a better place.

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