Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, popularly known as just Prof Yemi Osinbajo, is the incumbent Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, serving alongside President Muhammadu Buhari. Both are members of the All Progressives Congress ( APC).
Early life & Education
Prof Yemi Osinbajo was born on 8 March 1957 to Opeoluwa and Olubisi Osinbajo.
He attended the Corona primary School, Lagos. Between 1969- 1975, he attended Igbobi College, Yaba where he was the winner of the State Merit Award (1971); the School Prize for English Oratory (1972); Adeoba Prize for English Oratory (1972-1975); Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC, 1973); School Prize for Literature (HSC, 1975); and African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize (1974).
His undergrad degree in law was done at the University of Lagos between 1975-1978 where he graduated with a Second Class Upper Degree (2:1). During his years at the University of Lagos, he won the Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law. In 1979, he completed the mandatory one-year professional training at the Nigerian Law School whereon he was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of Nigeria’s Supreme Court. In 1980, he attended the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree.
From 1979–1980, Osinbajo served the compulsory one year national youth services as a legal officer with Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA), Bendel state.
Prof Yemi Osinbajo has worked as a lectures, legal adviser and pastor.
Legal & Teaching Career
In 1981, he worked as a law lecturer at the University of Lagos. He was made Senior lecturer of Law at the University of Lagos between 1983 to 1986. From 1988 to 1992, he was an Adviser (legal advice and litigation) to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola.
From 1997 to 1999 he was made Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law, University of Lagos. From 1999 to 2007, Osinbajo was Member of Cabinet, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, also Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
From 2007 to 2013 Osinbajo returned to the education scene 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) which he served until his assumption of the office of the vice presidency.
Other roles he served 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.
Senior lecturer at faculty of law, Lagos State University Lecturing public law. Career
Before he became the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Osibanjo was the head of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Lagos Province 48, Olive Tree provincial headquarter parish, Ikoyi. He however still insists that he is still a pastor, and he is just ‘on loan’ to the Nigerian government.
Prof Osinbajo is married to Dolapo (née Soyode) Osinbajo, a granddaughter of late Nigerian statesman Obafemi Awolowo. They have three children together, Kayinsola, Kiki and Fiyinoluwa.