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Barr Banjo Ayenakin, the Principal Partner of Banjo Ayenakin & Co, a renowned law firm in the city of Akure, Ondo State has emerged the ONDO STATE Legal Icon of the Year at the 2020 edition of the awards. He emerged the overall best among 10 other nominees selected for this year edition. He pulled the highest votes to defeat the 3 runner up in the online selection process.

The award presentation which is scheduled to take place at the capital city of Ondo State , Akure ,in February 2021, this year will attract creme De le creme of personalities all over the country and outside.
Extolling the virtues of Barr Ayenakin , the coordinator of the program, Dr Sunday Akinbiola commended him for his developmental strides in Ondo State and Nigeria as a whole ,; his empowerment drives, his legal exploits , peoples opinion about him and his philanthropic disposition to the people. .. The organisers of the award, Hero Magazine and Nigeria outstanding Leadership award platform , said Ayenakin was chosen for the honour because of his “striking attributes of hard work; development initiative; tenacity of purpose; philosophy of giving back to the society thereby making him a worthy ambassador of the state. While speaking on the credible award platform, (ondo States Man of the Year Award), He describe the award platform as the one that seeks to publicly celebrate excellence, reward exceptional accomplishments, salute positive personal character and industry, honour the outstanding career achievements of illustrious sons and daughters whose performances have made a significant contributions in private and public sector to engender on a local, national or international basis. This award also seeks to attract annually the political and business leaders, academics and professionals from all disciplines, both famous and uncelebrated, whose daily work makes a difference and not just those who populate the HEADLINES.


If leadership is gauged by performance evaluation, practice and examples and also by results achieved by such leaders, then it can be conveniently said that this highly resourceful Man represent the best element of leadership and managerial excellence. He is one person who knows how to carry the grandeur of any office he occupies and has a clear understanding of his vision and is ready to sacrifice everything to achieve his set goal.
A unique gem of immeasurable value, BARRISTER OLABANJO AYENAKIN had from childhood manifested a rare passion of impacting positively on the lives of the people around him and this must have played a part in his choice of career as agent of change and in celebrating good virtues . Towards achieving his set vision and goals, he empowerered himself with sound education with which to combat future challenges in his chosen Endeavour.
BARRISTER OLABANJO AYENAKIN was born on 9th January, 1972 to the family of Ayenakin in Ode-Irele, Irele Local Government, Ondo State. .

It is not surprising that he became an instant success in the private service having undergone an intensive training and tutelage having studied hard to become a legal luminary
Barr. Banjo Ayenakin is an accomplished industrious Leader, a professional Administrator, human rights Activist and man of God to the core.

Olabanjo Olumide Ayenakin is a versatile and creative legal practitioner with a unique insight into the Nigerian Legal System and jurispudence. . He completed his secondary education at Stella Maris College, Okitipupa in 1988. Between 1999 and 1990 he was at Ondo Boys’ High School, Ondo where he studied for his Higher School Certificate (HSC). He had a stint studying English and Literature at the University of Benin between 1992 and 1993. Because of his penchant and love for a degree in Law, he abandoned his studies at the University of Benin and proceeded to the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he bagged a degree in Law in 2001 with Second Class Upper. He was called to the Nigerian Bar having attended the Nigerian Law School, Abuja in 2003.
Conscious of the need for quality Service delivery and higher experience in law profession , he obtained a master degree in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University. Ile-Ife in 2005. Currently , he is a PhD student at the Faculty of Law, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko.

Olabanjo Ayenakin is a man of many parts. He is exceptionally gifted, prolific, dynamic and versatile. He is the Principal Partner of Banjo Ayenakin & Co, a renowned law firm in the city of Akure, Ondo State with a branch in Ado-Ekiti. He is the Director General of African Center for Human Empowerment; a development consulting firm. Olabanjo is an adjunct Senior Lecturer with Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko.

Ayenakin is a certified legal and development consultant to many international agencies; among which are: he was the Principal Consultant to the United Nations Development Project for the Preparation of Draft Ondo State Audit Bill in 2011; a Project Consultant to DFID on Partnership for Transforming Health System in Ekiti State, 2005 wherein he prepared the draft bill on revolving drug system in Ekiti State; he was appointed by Chief Adebayo Adefarati, the then Governor of Ondo State as a member of the Working Group on the Amelioration of the Quality of Education in Ondo State (2003); a Member, Ondo State Government-Students’ Relations Committee 2003. The former Executive Governor of Ondo State; Dr Olusegun Mimiko appointed him as a member of the Ondo State Government Visitation Panel into the Affairs of Adekunle Ajasin University (2009). He was the pioneer Co-ordinator of Access to Justice Vanguard (DFID), Ekiti State (2004) which is now known as NYSC Legal Aid Club and a host of others. The Executive Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko also appointed Olabanjo Ayenakin as a member of the Adekunle Ajasin University Governing Council; which is the highest ruling body in the institution; a position he held between 2015 and 2017.

He is a member of several international and professional bodies amongst which are: member, Nigeria Bar Association; Member, National Institute of Portfolio Management; member, International Bar Association and a Fellow of the Chattered Institute of Public Management. He has as well attended several local and international conferences; among which are: International Bar Association Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirate in 2011; International Bar Association Conference in Boston, United States of America in 2013; International Bar Association Litigation Forum, Prague, Czech Republic in 2014; International Law Teachers Association Forum, Berlin, Germany in March, 2016.

Olabanjo Ayenakin is an astute legal practitioner. He has navigated labyrinth of legal issues on chieftaincies, Land Law, Labour Law and Banking; to mention just a few from the lowest court in Nigeria to the Supreme Court. He has the legal retainership of several prestigious firms and government agencies in Nigeria. He is the external solicitor to Oyo State Government.

Ayenakin Olabanjo Olumide is a lecturer I in the Department of Business Administration & Management, The Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti.
Temidayo Akindejoye is a lecturer II in the Department of Business Administration & Management, The Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti.

He is the man confirmed for this year Ondo State Legal Icon of the year 2020.

Olabanjo Ayenakin is happily married to Mrs Olufunke Ayenakin, a Nurse and the marriage is blessed with wonderful children that are delights of God.

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