Africa’s Best: Who Is Gbenga Oyebode?

Mr Oluwagbemiga Gbenga Oyebode is a prominent Nigerian Lawyer who is one of the founding partners and Chairman, Management Board of one of the most notable law firms in Nigeria known as Aluka & Oyebode, co-founded with Mr Bankole Olumide Aluko SAN in 1993.

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Mr Oyebode serves at the top of several prominent companies in Nigeria such as CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Ltd, where he currently sits as the Chairman and Okomu Oil Palm plc. He is also a member of the board of telecommunications giant MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and Nestle Nigeria Plc. However, he is most celebrated for his role as the Director and Chairman of Access Bank Nigeria Plc, one of the top leading Nigerian banks of today, where he served for 13 years before recently retiring. He undertook several leadership roles and contributed to the successful growth and expansion of the bank.

Mr Oyebode who is on the Africa Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association, continues to stand as one of the most respected brilliant figures, not just within the country but also across America and Europe. The Nigerian federal government conferred him with the Nigerian National Honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in 2001 and he also holds the Belgian Royal Honour of Knight of the Order of Leopold.

Among his many accomplishments and notable contributions to the Nigerian society, Mr Oyebode also sits as the Chairman of Teach for Nigeria which is an organisation focused on the development of a movement of leaders across the nation committed to ending educational inequity.


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