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  Chief Idowu Sofola, SAN, MON was popularly known as a Nigerian jurist, Bencher and President of the Nigerian Bar Association. He was previously the Chairman of the Nigerian Body of Benchers. Idowu was the first African to be elected as the Secretary-General of the International Bar Association.
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Early Life

Chief Idowu was born on 29th September 1934 at Ikenne, a town in Ogun State in southwestern Nigeria. He was enrolled at St. Saviour’s School, Ikenne in 1945 for his primary education. In 1952, he was admitted into Eko Boys’ High School, where he completed his Secondary education. Upon completion of his secondary school education, he joined the Lagos State Judiciary in 1958 as a Court Clerk, having decided this to be a pathway to understanding the practice of Law. He thereafter journeyed to the United Kingdom where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law from the London School of Commerce and Holborn College. He was called to the English bar at Lincolns Inn in July 1962, the same year he returned to Nigeria for legal practice.

Law career

Idowu began his career at the Supreme Court of Nigeria on July 30, 1962, when he was enrolled as a Solicitor and Advocate by Honourable Justice Sir Adetokunbo Ademola KBE, GCON, PC, SAN, having been sponsored by Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode QC, SAN and Kehinde Sofola CON, SAN. In May 1989, he rose to the zenith of his career as Senior Advocate of Nigeria and in 1980, he was elected as president of the Nigerian Bar Association, a position he held until his tenure elapsed in 1982. On March 30, 2012, he was elected Chairman of the Nigerian Body of Benchers to succeed Dahiru Musdapher.
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Professional Membership

Sofola is a member of the following associations: the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the Nigerian Body of Benchers.

About Idowu Sofola & Co.

Idowu Sofola & Co., “Ereke Chambers” is a full-service litigation and commercial law firm. Founded by Chief Idowu Sofola, MON, SAN, the law firm was registered under the Registration of Business Names Act, 1961 on the 24th of November 1975. As a full-service legal practice, Idowu Sofola & Co., are dedicated to meeting all the legal needs of clients by providing pragmatic, result-oriented and innovative legal solutions, aimed at assisting our clients to achieve their business goals and objectives. This is achieved by utilizing the wealth, depth and diverse collection of expertise and knowledge of our Partners and Associates, collectively spanning over fifty years of legal practice. Led by a distinguished Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), they consistently provide clients with the required legal advice and service designed to help them achieve their organizational goals. The mission is to provide exceptional solution-driven legal and advisory services to a diverse spectrum of clients, with the ultimate aim of giving them a solid platform to achieve their goals. The areas of focus are to aim at delivering excellent legal services to clients, with a practice that is divided into three (3) major groups with sub-divisions; Commercial Practice Group, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Company Secretarial, Corporate & Regulatory Compliance Practice Group. E ch geared towards delivering qualitative and practical legal solutions. Source: Wikipedia Idowu Sofola & Co. Featured Image Source: Today
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This article was first published on 2nd October 2021


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