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Adefowoke Ayo-Ponle declares Intention to run for the position of Social Secretary, NBA Lagos Branch

Adefowoke Ayo-Ponle has declared her intention to run for the office of Social Secretary to the NBA Lagos Branch . Find below her formal declaration:

Learned Seniors and Colleagues
I am Adefowoke Olubusola Ayo-Ponle , and I have declared my intention to run for the position of the SOCIAL SECRETARY of our great bar, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Lagos Branch.
Sequel to my declaration and having been cleared to run for the position of Social Secretary, I hereby with greatest sense of humility formally put myself forward to serve the prestigious Lagos bar in that capacity. I will put to bear my experience and social life as a fashion and décor enthusiast.
I am a firm believer in the well known saying of Mother Theresa that,
Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love

So, I promise to, if elected do my small part in ensuring the well being of members of this premier bar.

To assist me in this task, please find hereunder the programmes I commit to, with you AS A COVENANT, if I am honoured to get your vote, and elected to serve:

  1. I covenant to ensure the effective and professional hosting of all branch meeting in line with best practices that promote and project a positive image of the bar at all times.
  2. I covenant to liaise effectively with branch committee members in achieving a great social networking among members of the branch regardless of gender or call age.
  3. I covenant to, in conjunction with the Executive Committee of the branch organise a world class standard Retreat for members of the branch. I am a firm believer in work/life balance, and I am confident this will go a long way in helping dear colleagues find time to relax and recharge for their different work roles.
  4. I covenant to organise and encourage the involvement of branch members in sporting activities within the branch, other professional Association and other branches within the jurisdiction.
  5. I covenant, in conjunction with the branch executives, to organise movie and stage play outings in serene and conducive environment for members of the branch.
  6. I covenant to support and encourage all activities of Young Lawyers Forum, with the goal of ensuring that all members of the Forum are active participants of the Premier Bar.
  7. I covenant to deliver memorable events at the Annual General Conference of NBA for members of our great bar that will speak for this bar as primus inter pares among all bar associations in Nigeria.
  8. I covenant, in addition to the Retreat mentioned above to establish a platform for all members, particularly our senior colleagues to be more involved in the social activities of the branch to ease the stress associated with the hustle and bustle of the city.
  9. I covenant to act in accordance with the constitutional duties of the office as contained in Section 7 (7) a-c of the Uniform Bye Law 2015.
    In conclusion, I believe we can do so much together as a team with great love and high sense of responsibilities.

I hereby most humbly seek your support and vote as SOCIAL SECRETARY of this Premier Bar, NBA Lagos.

God bless the Nigerian Bar Association!
God bless our Premier Bar!!!

Adefowoke Ayo-Ponle may be reached at: or on WhatsApp via this number: 08098557254

Profile of Okey Ilofulunwa: contestant for the office of Vice Chairman of the NBA Lagos Branch


Mr. Okey Ilofulunwa attended Christ the King College (CKC) Onitsha, Anambra State. He proceeded to the University of Benin (UNIBEN) where he received a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B.) degree in 1997. Okey, as he is fondly called, enrolled at the Nigerian Law School for his vocational training and graduated with Second Class Honours (Upper Division). He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1999.

Though Okey was invited by the leading consulting firm, Arthur Andersen to join its practice, he declined the lucrative offer due to his passion for core legal practice. He joined the law firm of Olisa Agbakoba & Associates (now Olisa Agbakoba Legal) where he performed his national service (NYSC) in 2000. Due to his stellar performance, he was retained by the firm.

While at Olisa Agbakoba & Associates, Okey handled several human rights cases for Human Rights Law Services (HURILAWS), a public interest and not-for-profit organisation. He was involved in many prison decongestion cases which led to the release of several indigent inmates among others.

In recognition of his uncommon industry and scholarship, Okey in 2004 received a scholarship from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana USA as a young African Scholar to pursue his Master of Laws (LL. M.) degree in International Law, with specialization in International Human Rights. His brilliance again shone as he graduated Summa Cum Laude (First Class), emerging as the Best Graduating Student.

He interned with Midwest Immigrants and Human Rights Centre in Chicago in 2005 and returned to Nigeria the following year. A consummate team player, Okey teamed up with some colleagues to set up Chancery Law Firm, a full-service practice where he is a Partner.

Okey has attended many courses both locally and overseas. In 2002 in Banjul, The Gambia he presented a paper on “Law and Judiciary.” He also in 2007 presented a paper on Legislative Advocacy in Relation to Inheritance Rights in Nigeria.” He has conducted training on Corporate Social Responsibility for Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC) and Fate Foundation among other multinational companies. Okey has published over 10 scholarly articles on law, human rights and maritime law in leading journals. In 2015, he attended Central European University Budapest Hungary where he obtained a certificate in International Human Rights Litigation.

Okey has a passion for service. He is a member of Rotary International and has served Rotary Club of Ikate, Surulere Lagos as its President for two terms, Okey has been a long-standing member of the International humanitarian organisation for over 15 years.

His service to the Nigerian Bar is as distinguished as his academic excellence. Okey was a member of the 2009 Law Dinner Committee where he single-handedly facilitated the acceptance by Prof. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, then Chairman of Ghana Electoral Commission to give the Keynote Address and spotlight the model he adopted for the highly successful 2008/2009 Ghana Elections where his former roommate, Dr. Nana Akufo-Addo lost to Prof. John Atta Mills. He also spearheaded the move towards a non-paying dinner for all branch members, an idea ultimately endorsed by the dinner committee. It remains the only free dinner by our branch in recent history. Okey also served the branch in 2013-2015 as an Ex-officio Member, and again facilitated the highly substantial discounts afforded branch members by Air Peace Airline during the 2014 NBA Annual General Conference in Owerri.

An epitome of selfless service, the recurring theme in legal circles is that Okey is okay for the post of branch Vice Chairman.

Manifesto and Profile of Adebola Lema; a Contestant for the Chairmanship of the NBA Lagos Branch


Good day dear learned Seniors and Colleagues,

Following my declaration to run for the office of Chairman of our great Branch which was well and enthusiastically received last week I now wish to briefly intimate you with further details.

Brief Resume:

I am Adebola Olarotimi Lema. I am the Managing Partner of Fountain Court Partners, a position my Partners have continued to trust me with since 2006. Prior to this, I worked briefly with the law firm of T.B. Akinyeye & Co. from 2003 to 2006.

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Okey Ilofulunwa vies for Vice CHAIRMANSHIP of NBA Lagos Branch

Okey Ilofulunwa, Esq. has declared his interest in running for the office of Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch.

Catch a quick glimpse at his manifesto below.


An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity – Martin Luther King Jr.

Distinguished learned colleagues,

My name is Okey Ilofulunwa and I seek your support to run for the office of Vice Chairman of our branch. My resolve to run is driven by my desire to serve the Bar.

If elected as Vice Chairman of the branch I will carry out two vital activities:

Human Rights Committee: The Vice Chairman of NBA Lagos by our Bye-Laws heads the Human Rights Committee. The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), a leading non-governmental organization, has agreed to work with me to train our law enforcement agencies on the tenets of human rights with particular emphasis on the implication of the far-reaching innovations introduced by Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

I will also create a special forum for all heads of legal departments of law enforcement agencies in Lagos. This will enable us to have a regular interface with these key stakeholders in discharging their mandate. It will also help to bridge the gap between lawyers and law enforcement agents in justice delivery to our clients.

Under my watch in Human Rights Committee, I will also reorganize the Committee to be more responsive to the needs of our members and the society. I will create a Corporate Social Responsibility framework to encourage law firms to sponsor the work of the Human Rights Committee. This will ensure that hardworking committee members are paid stipends for the work to encourage them to do more.

Welfare of our members: I will create a platform where businesses around Lagos can give discounts to our members who patronize their outlets. The names of such businesses will be listed on a portal where members can easily access them. Under this platform, I have also started discussing with electronics merchants to provide one-year interest-free hire purchase services to our members to buy electronics and household items.

I solicit for your vote. I assure you that I will not disappoint you.

It will be a great honour to serve you. LETS DO IT NOW!!!!!!!!

Adebola Lema declares Interest in running for the office of Chairman, NBA Lagos Branch

Adebola Olarotimi Lema has declared that he is also running for the office of the Chairman of the NBA Lagos branch.

Find below the prelude to his official declaration:

My Record of Service and Fidelity to the Branch and the NBA:

I joined the NBA, Lagos Branch in 2004 as soon as I started work at the Law offices of T.B Akinyeye & Co. My then Principal under whom I cut my teeth, Timothy Boluwaji Akinyeye Esq was himself a former Secretary of the Lagos Branch. So from day one I immersed myself in the activities of the Bar.

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Early Bird Registration for 59TH NBA AGC Commences

The 59th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria, from 23 – 29 August 2019, is themed with a laser focus on “Facing the Future.”

The main venue of the Conference will be the Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel &
Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos while the Harbour Point Event Centre, also in Victoria
Island, will serve as an additional venue.

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Obinna Okereke declares to run for Office of Secretary NBA Lagos Branch

Obinna Okereke Esq, LL.M (Notary Public) has declared his intention to run for office of Secretary of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Lagos Branch on Thursday 16th May, 2019. Below are excerpts of his formal declaration to run as a competent and experienced active member of the Premier Bar for office of Secretary;

Distinguished Learned Silks, Benchers, eminent seniors and noble learned colleagues, I am humbled and elated to announce to you that in continuity of noble service which is in the general interest of our esteemed Lagos Branch of NBA that I Obinna Nnaemeka Okereke Esq, LL.M, (Notary Public) hereby declare to run for office of Secretary in the 2019 NBA Election.
I, have over the years actively worked closely with successive Executives of the Branch to ensure continuity of good and quality leadership of the Premier Bar.
Needless to say, that I have served as Secretary of Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON) shortly after call to Bar and serving as President of Law school Branch of the Christian Lawyers body. I also served as National Financial Secretary and South West Regional Coordinator of Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria.

My first commitment is to build a robust and vibrant secretariat that regularly communicates with members and ensure updated database to enable every member receive circulars, correspondences and reports on their emails.
Secondly, I would work with the Executive to engage the Chief Judge of Federal High Court Lagos to ensure ease of filing court processes at the court.
Thirdly, I would also work with the Executive to humbly engage the Chief Judge of Lagos State on improving the services of Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs in service of court processes.
It is also my commitment to facilitate ease of securing job placement for Young Lawyers in search of jobs by developing a database of various Law firms that have job vacancies at every given time.
I, Obinna Okereke Esq, LL.M if elected Secretary of our esteemed Lagos Branch in NBA Election scheduled for 28th June, 2019 would do more than above stated agenda in best interest of the Branch. Thank you and God bless us all.