29 May 2015

Yemi Osinbajo sworn in as Vice President of Nigeria

Professor Yemi Osinbajo has been sworn in as Nigeria’s Vice President by Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Mahmood Mohammed.

Yemi Osinbajo was born into the family of Adeyemi Osinbajo on 8 March 1957, Creek Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria. Osinbajo is married to Dolapo (née Soyode) Osinbajo, a granddaughter of Obafemi Awolowo. They have three children together.



He was educated at Corona primary School, in Lagos, Nigeria. Between 1969–1975, he attended Igbobi College Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. From 1975–1978, he studied for his undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Lagos, where he was awarded a LLB Law degree. From 1979–1980 he attended Nigerian Law School. In 1981, he was awarded a Master of Laws after attending the London School of Economics.

From 1979–1980, Osinbajo served the compulsory one year youth services as a legal officer with Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA), Bendel state, Nigeria.

In 1981, he was employed as a legal lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. From 1983–86, he was Senior legal lecturer at the University of Lagos. From 1988–1992, he was appointed as an Adviser (legal advice and litigation), to the then Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola.

From 1997–99 he was made Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law, University of Lagos. From 1999 – 2007, Osinbajo was Member of Cabinet, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, also Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

From 2007– 2013 Osinbajo was once again employed as a Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. In 2007 Osinbanjo was made Senior Partner, Simmons Cooper Partners (Barristers and Solicitors), Nigeria.

Other past roles include:

  • Staff Member, United Nations Operations in Somalia, Justice Division, UNOSOM II.
  • Member, United Nations Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN, Peacekeeping Personnel around the globe, Member, 2006.
  • Partner in Law Firm of Osinbajo, Kukoyi & Adokpaye.



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