Yemi Osinbajo Biography – Profile, Net Worth, Age & Lesser Known Facts

FULL NAME: Oluyemi Oluleke “Yemi” Osinbajo or Yemi Osinbajo
NET WORTH : When Osinbanjo declared his assets , he had N94 million and 900,000 United States Dollars in his bank accounts .
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : 8 March 1957
PLACE OF BIRTH : Creek Hospital, Lagos
OCCUPATION : Politician, Lawyer and Pastor
MARITAL STATUS/WIFE: Dolapo (née Soyode) Osinbajo
CHILDREN : Osinbanjo and wife are blessed with three children
PARENTS : Mr & Mrs Opeoluwa Osinbajo
EDUCATION: University of Lagos (LLB) Nigerian Law School London School of Economics
POLITICAL PARTY : All Progressives Congress
PROCEEDED BY : Namadi Sambo

Professor Yemi Osinbajo had always kept a low profile all his life, he become seen in the front page of magazines and newspapers immediately he was selected by Muhammadu Buhari as his running mate in the 2015 elections. There was other potential candidates that aspired for the position but Osinbajo beat them to collect the throne. Other potential candidates that wanted his position is the likes of Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and more.

When the 2015 general elections drew nearer, many Nigerians were curious about who Muhammadu Buhari will pick as his running mate. It came as a shock when he announced Professor Yemi Osinbajo as his partner who will take the position of as the vice president of Nigeria . Nobody expected this because he was the last person that people ever thought he would pick. The election held successful and it was a victory for them . We all know that Professor Yemi Osinbajo is the current vice president of Nigeria but how well do you know this man? if you are perusing this piece then consider yourself lucky because we are exposing the less known facts about the intelligent and vibrant Nigerian lawyer turned politician, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Oluyemi Oluleke “Yemi” Osinbajo is his full name, he is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who is the current occupying the seat of the Vice President in Nigeria,he has assumed the office since 29 May 2015. Aside this, Osinbajo is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria,Professor of Law and a Senior Partner with SimmonsCooper Partners, a commercial law practice. Continue perusing this rich profile and know some interesting facts about the handsome gentleman.

Early Life And Education

Professor Yemi Osinbajo was born on the 8th March, 1957. He was born into the family of Opeoluwa Osinbajo , Creek Hospital, Lagos. The lawyer and politician lived in Lagos until his political ambition came into the picture. Osinbajo is married to Dolapo (née Soyode) Osinbajo, a granddaughter of Obafemi Awolowo. They have three children together.

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Osinbajo attended Corona primary School, situated in Lagos. Thereafter, he proceeded to Igbobi College Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria where he studied from 1969 to 1975, he studied for his undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Lagos, where he was awarded a LLB Law degree. He also attended Nigerian Law School between 1979 to 1980 . He later studied at London School of Economics where he bagged Master of Laws .

Legal And Pastoral Career

After he graduated from the university, Osinbajo served the compulsory one year youth service as a legal officer with Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA), Bendel state which was from 1979 to 1980 precisely.

After his NYSC service, he was employed as a law lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria where he lectured for some years. He officially started his lecturing job at the age of 25 which is very unusual . He worked as a senior lecturer of Law at the University of Lagos from 1983 to 1986. Two years later he was appointed as the Adviser (legal advice and litigation) to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola. Fast forward to 1997 to 1999,  Osinbajo was made Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law, University of Lagos. He became a member of Cabinet, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, also Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice from which lasted1999 to 2007.

In 2007, he was was once again employed as a Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, he was with them from 2007 to 2013. The same year 2007, he was made Senior Partner, Simmons Cooper Partners (Barristers and Solicitors), Nigeria. The handsome man has also lectured in the prestigious Lagos State University. He has also worked in many other areas and have broad experience in several field,he is not your average politician, he has been to so many places and lots of stories to tell about his life.

Before his inauguration into office as the Vice President of Nigeria, he was the Pastor in charge of the Lagos Province 48 (Olive Tree provincial headquarter) of “The Reedeemed Christian Church of God”, located in Ikoyi area of Lagos state. The man of God turned politician insists he is still the pastor-in-charge of the said province regardless of his current position in the government. In his words, “I am still the pastor-in-charge of Province 48 in Lagos — i am on loan in the political world”.

Political Career

Osibanjo is currently an ethics Advisor to the Ethics Committee of the african Development Bank and also the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Redeemer’s University. He was the man behind the Lagos state reform project, an initiative that gives free legal service and legal representatives to Lagos state’s aitants who are less fortinate and unable to pay legal service.

On 17 December 2014, retired General Muhammadu Buhari who was the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, picked Osinbajo as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections. On 31 March 2015 Buhari was confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the presidential elections. Thus Osinbajo became the Vice President-elect of Nigeria. They were both sworn in on 29 May . Yemi Osinbajo officially became the Vice President of Nigeria after taking the oath of office on 29 May 2015 at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

The current president of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari conferred Professor Yemi Osinbajo as the acting president during president his absent while he was on a medical leave. President Buhari drafted a written declaration on May 9 2017 to the president of the senate and house of representatives concerning his decision. Yemi Osinbajo acted as the president of Nigeria for some months while Buhari was away.

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Professor Yemi Osinbajo have been honoured with several awards , they are enumerated after the cut;

  • State Merit Award 1971
  • Adeoba Prize for English Oratory 1972–1975
  • The School Prize for English Oratory, 1972
  • African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize, 1974
  • Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC) 1973
  • School Prize for Literature (HSC), 1975
  • President Goodluck Jonathan conferred on Osinbajo the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger on May 28, 2015.

Publications: Chapters Contributed to Books

  • The Common Law, The Evidence Act and The Interpretation of Section 5(a) in Essays in Honour of Judge Elias (1986) (J.A. Omotola, ed) pgs. 165-18;
  • Some Reforms in The Nigerian Law of Evidence Chapter in Law and Development (1986), (J.A. Omotola and A.A. Adeogun eds.) pgs. 282–311;
  • Domestic and International Protection for Women: “Landmarks on the Journey so far” in Women and Children under Nigerian Law”. (Awa U. Kalu & Yemi Osinbajo eds.) 1990. pgs. 231–241
  • Some Problems of Proof of Bank Frauds and Other Financial Malpractices in Bank Frauds and Other Financial Malpractices in Nigeria (Awa Kalu ed.)
  • Rules of Evidence in Criminal Trials in the Nigerian Special Military Tribunals Chapter 2 in Essays on Nigerian Law, Vol … 1, Pgs. 28–42. (J.A. Omotola ed)
  • Some Public Law Considerations in Environmental Protection. Chapter in “Environmental Laws in Nigeria”, (J.A. Omotola ed.) 1990 pgs 128–149
  • External Debt Management: Case Study of Nigeria – International Finance and External Debt Management, UNDP/UNCTC, 1991
  • Judicial and Quasi-judicial Processing of Economic and organised Crimes: Experiences, Problems etc. Essays in Honour of Judge Bola Ajibola, (Prof. C.O. Okonkwo ed.) 1992
  • FMJL Review Series, Modalities For The Implementation of The Transition Provisions in The New Constitution in Law Development and Administration (Yemi Osinbajo & Awa Kalu eds.) (1990).
  • FMJL Review Series, Legal and Institutional Framework For The Eradication of Drug Trafficking in Nigeria – Narcotics: Laws and Policy in Nigeria (Awa Kalu & Yemi Osinbajo eds.) 1990
  • Proof of Customary Law in non-Customary Courts, – Towards a Restatement of Nigerian Customary Laws, (Osinbajo & Awa Kalu eds.) 1991
  • Human Rights, Economic Development and the Corruption Factor in Human Rights and the Rule of Law and Development in Africa (Paul T. Zeleza et al. eds) 2004

Books Bublished/Edited

  • Nigerian Media Law, GRAVITAS Publishers 1991
  • FMJL Review Series, “Women and Children Under Nigerian Law”
  • FMJL Review Series, The Unification and Reform of the Nigerian Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Codes – (Malthouse Press), 1990
  • Cases and Materials on Nigerian Law of Evidence, Macmillan, 1996
  • Law Development and Administration (Malthouse Press), 1990
  • Narcotics: Law and Policy in Nigeria, FMJL Review Series 1990
  • Integration of the African Continent Through Law” (Edward Foakes Publishers, 1989, vol. 7,
  • Federal Ministry of Justice Law Review Series)
  • Towards A Better Administration of Justice System in Nigeria” (Edward Foakes Publishers, 1989)
  • The Citizens Report Card on Local Governments (with Omayeli Omatsola 1998)
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – A training Agenda for Nigeria (with Bankole Olubamise and Yinka Balogun, 1998) Legal Research and Resource Development Centre
  • Annotated Rules of the Superior Courts of Nigeria (with Ade Ipaye) Lexis-Nexis Butterworths 2004
  • Perspectives on Human Rights in Nigeria FMJL Review Series 1991
  • Perspectives on Corruption in Nigeria, FMJL Review Series 1992
  • Democracy and the Law, FMJL Review Series, 1991
  • Cross Examination: A Trial Lawyer’s Most Potent Weapon (with Fola-Arthur Worrey) Lexis-Nexis Butterworths 20

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Articles Published in Law Journals

  • Legitimacy and Illegitimacy under Nigerian Law Nig. J. Contemp. Law. (1984–87) pgs. 30–45
  • Unraveling Evidence of Spouses in Nigeria, Legal Practitioners Review Vol. 1 No. 2 1987 pgs. 23–28
  • Can States Legislate on Rules of Evidence? Nigerian Current Law Review 1985 pgs. 234–242
  • Problems of Proof in Declaration of Title to Land, Journal of Private and Property Law Vol. 6 & 7, October 1986, pgs. 47–68
  • Sovereign Immunity in International Commercial Arbitration – The Nigerian experience and emerging state practice- In African Journal of International and Comparative Law, 4 RADIC 1992, page 1-25, Human Rights and Economic Development in The International Lawyer. 1994, Vol. 28, No. 3 pgs. 727–742
  • Legality in a Collapsed State: The Somalia Experience 45 ICLQ 1996, pgs. 910–924.
  • Interpretation of Section 131(a) of the Evidence Act. Journal of Private and Property Law Vol. 6 & 7 (1986), pgs. 118–122
  • Roles, Duties and Liabilities of Collateral Participants and Professional Advisers in Unit Trust Schemes (1991) Jus. Vol. 1 No. 7 pgs. 71–83, Reform of the Criminal Law of Evidence in Nigeria (1991) Jus. 2 No. 4 Pgs. 71–98
  • Review of Some Decrees of the Structural Adjustment Era (Part 1, 2, 3), (1989) 2 GRBPL No. 2 (Gravitas Review of Business and Property Law) pgs.60–63, (1989) 2 GRBPL No. 3 (Gravitas Review of Business and Property Law) pgs. 51–55, (1989) 2 GRBPL No. 4 (Gravitas Review of Business and Property Law)
  • Current Issues in Transnational Lending and Debt Restructuring Agreements part 1 and 2,
  • Autonomy, Academic Freedom and the Laws Establishing Universities in Nigeria (1990) Jus. Vol. 1 No. 2, pgs. 53–64, Admissibility of Computer Generated Evidence. (1990) Jus. Vol. 1 No. 1 pgs. 9–12
  • Allegations of Crime in Civil Proceedings, U.I. Law Review 1987;
  • Profit and Loss Sharing Banks – (1990) Jus. Vol. 2 No. 8, Juvenile Justice Administration in Nigeria.
  • A review of the Beijing Rules. (1991) Jus. Vol. 2 No. 6. Pgs. 65–73

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