Renowned Legal Icon, Chris Ogunbanjo Dies At 99.
Foremost lawyer and businessman, Christopher Oladipo Ogunbanjo, has died at the age of 99, two months before his 100th birthday.
In a statement on Sunday announcing his death, the family said the patriarch and Ijebu high chief died on Saturday, October 7.
The statement reads: “Papa was an unwavering beacon of reassurance, courage and moral integrity for the entire family, truly embodying dedication and service to his country.
“Information regarding his obsequies, the venue for condolence visits and visiting hours will be shared by the family in due course.”
Biography of Ogunbanjo
Ogunbanjo was born in the Erunwon-Ijebu area in Ogun State into the Christian family of Daniel Ogunbanjo and Madam Towobola on December 14, 1923.
He attended St. Phillips primary school, Aiyetoro, Ile-Ife, before proceeding to Oduduwa College, Ife, for his secondary education in 1936.
In 1938, he moved to Igbobi College in Lagos, where he completed his secondary education.
Ogunbanjo obtained a law degree in 1949 at the University of London and was called to the bar in 1950.
He began his legal practice in 1950 as a partner in a law firm then known as Samuel, Chris & Michael, with Ladoke Akintola and Michael Odesanya as the other partners.
After the dissolution of the partnership in 1960, he created Chris Ogunbanjo & Co., a commercial law firm which became a legal training ground for many successful lawyers in Nigeria.
Ogunbajo was married to Hilda Adunola Ladipo until her death in August 2004.