Aare Afe Babalola, OFR, CON, LL.D, D.Litt, SAN, FFPA, FNIALS, FCIArb (President and Founder of OGEES Institute)
Aare Afe Babalola- Nigeria’s foremost lawyer, law professor, farmer, philanthropist and accomplished dispute resolution practitioner, is undoubtedly a man of many awards, laurels and honors: B.Sc (Econs) Lond; LL.B (Hons) Lond; Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN); Doctor of Letters (LL.D); Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), and Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos, Nigeria; the immediate past Chairman of the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, winner of the Best Pro-Chancellor award in 2005 and 2006, winner of Queen Victoria Commemorative Award at Socrates Award of European Business Assembly in Oxford UK; member of the Rector of Europe, October, 2007; Vice President, Rector of Europe, 2010; and Honorary Professor of International University.
Aare Afe Babalola is the President and Founder of Africa’s fastest growing private University-Afe Babalola University, and a generous provider of a research endowment, which led to the establishment of the OGEES Institute. Aare Afe Babalola attended Emmanuel Primary School, Ado-Ekiti, where he obtained his standard six certificate. That was the end of his formal education. All the educational qualifications listed against his name above were obtained through private study. Aare Afe Babalola was at various times a pupil teacher, a secondary school teacher, secondary school vice principal, university lecturer, economist, auditor, and administrator. He is the Founder and Principal Partner at Emmanuel Chambers, Nigeria’s leading business law firm. His many years of successful law practice has led to several national and international awards and recognition as a foremost legal icon in Nigeria and Africa.
The enigmatic Aare Afe Babalola is proud of the qualitative primary education he had. It was the high quality of instruction received by him at the Primary School level, he says, proudly, that served as the foundation for his subsequent educational achievements. He therefore has a personal education reform agenda- to ensure that University education in Nigeria is qualitative, autonomous, research-laden, contemporary and sustainable. The OGEES Institute is proud to continue to enjoy the support, motivation and mentorship of the internationally respected Aare Afe Babalola.