Gbenga Oyebode MFR
Gbenga Oyebode is the Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode, (Barristers, Solicitors & Trademark Agents), one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria, with offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt.
An Associate with White & Case, New York from 1982- 1983, Gbenga was educated at the University of Ife (LL.B Honours), and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (LL.M) graduating in 1979 and 1982, respectively. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted June 1980) and an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of New York State (admitted November 1983). He was conferred Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria (2016) and Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria (2017). He is the Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria.
Gbenga is a Fellow of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI). He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association (IBA). Gbenga is the former Chairman of the Section of Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association.
In 2000, Gbenga was conferred with one of Nigeria’s highest honors, the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR). He was also conferred with the Belgian Royal Honor of ‘Knight of the Order of Leopold’ in 2007 and an award for Lifetime Contribution to Law at the Law Digest Africa Awards 2015.
Gbenga was Chairman, Access Bank Plc (2005-2015) and the Chairman of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc (both listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE) and serves on the Boards of MTN Nigeria Limited, Nestle Nigeria Plc and Socfinaf S.A (listed in the Luxemburg Stock Exchange). He is the Chairman of CFAO Nigeria Plc. Gbenga sits on the Africa Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), is the Chairman of Teach For Nigeria, member of the Global Advisory Council of the Africa Leadership Academy, Johannesburg, Director of Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, New York and Director of the African Philanthropy Forum.