Osinbajo at 63: Tunji Olowolafe pays tribute to Nigeria’s VP on his birthday
Lagos businessman Dr Tunji Olowolafe has described Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as a shining light for every visionary Nigerian, especially as Nigeria overcomes recent economic challenges.
Through Prof Osinbajo’s career in law, the clergy, and government, has proven the tremendous value of intelligence, godliness, and vision for personal and community development.
“Speaking of leaders and professionals to whom the next generation of Nigerians can look up, one doesn’t have to search farther than Prof Yemi Osinbajo,” says Olowolafe. “An accomplished scholar from a very young age, Prof Osinbajo has served the country in many capacities and his continued sacrifice in service of humanity at local, state, and national levels, has continued to yield touch many lives.”
Born 8 March 1957, Prof Osinbajo showed scholarly promise from a very young age. As a pupil of Igbobi College Yaba, Lagos between 1069 and 1975, he was the winner of State Merit Award (1971), School Prize for English Oratory (1972), Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC, 1973), School Prize for Literature (HSC, 1975), and the African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize (1974). As a student at the University of Law, where he graduated in 1978, he also won the Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law. In 1980, he obtained a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics.
Osinbajo, who became Nigeria’s Vice President in 2015, began his public service when he was only 23 years old when he was employed as a lecturer in the University of Lagos. From 1988 to 1992, he was an Adviser (legal advice and litigation) to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola.
Later, from 1999 to 2007, Osinbajo was a member of the cabinet and attorney general and commissioner for Justice. From 2007 to 2013 Osinbajo returned to UNILAG as a Prof of Law, Department of Public Law, University of Lagos. He has also served as a member, United Nations Operations in Somalia, Justice Division, UNOSOM II; an member, United Nations Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN, Peacekeeping Personnel around the globe.
As the Vice President marks his 63rd birthday, it is hoped the VP would continue to serve not only Nigeria but also the entire world.