For city attorney Muyiwa Akinboro, the current year – 2015 – may just be called his year. Beyond the year 2015 being the year of his Golden Jubilee, turning 50 on November 21, for him it was the year of professional recognition and attainment as a practising lawyer and the year when his community did him honour. Earlier in the year, Barrister Akinboro whose law firm, Akinboro and Co., maintains offices in Lagos and Abuja, joined the elite Learned Silk upon his elevation to the enviable rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). His community, also recognizing his worth and the pride he has done them, chose the day all Owu people across five states of the federation – Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Kwara – converged on Owu-Kuta in Aiyedire Local Government Area of Oyo State to honour him with a chieftaincy title. The title of Aare Baamofin of Owu-Kuta Kingdom was conferred on Akinboro by the Olowu of OwuKuta Kingdom, Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama Oyelude, who is the current chairman of the Supreme Council of Owu Obas, an elite body comprising 13 traditional rulers. His wife, Mrs. Taiwo Akinboro, an executive of the Central Bank of Nigeria, was also honoured with the chieftaincy title of Yeye Aare Baamofin of Owu-Kuta Kingdom. The installation ceremony, which took place at Olowu Kuta Palace at Owu-Kuta, Aiyedire Local Government Area of Osun State, was the high point of the two-day th 2 4 Owu National Convention of the Royal Union of Owu People th ( RUOP) on Saturday, 5 December. This year’s convention was like a gathering of eagles where proud Owu sons and daughters, including former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, converged to discuss their matters of common interest. Chief Obasanjo is indeed the Balogun of Owu Abeokuta and the grand patron of RUOP. Speaking during the ceremony, the national president of RUOP, Otunba Titilayo Akanbi Samaiye, said the National Executive Committee would continue to pursue the aim and objectives of the union, which include bringing all Owu people together as a people with a common birth, heritage and destiny; fostering unity, love and cooperation among the Owu people, settlements, Owu Obas, Baales and accredited community heads; promoting the social, economic, industrial and cultural development of Owu people; as well as encouraging and recognizing the pursuance of excellence among the Owu people. Said Otunba Samaiye, “We know ourselves and assist in sharing the burden of every community. We have in-built mechanism for problem solving. We consider any problem confronting any Owu settlement as a problem to all.” Akinboro, a distinguished legal luminary, is an alumnus of the Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute, a chartered arbitrator and a notary public. He is also a member of several international bar associations, including the International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Commonwealth Lawyers Association and West African Bar Association, among others. Born into the family of Senator (Chief) and Chief (Mrs.) Ademola Hezekiah Akinboro, both of blessed memory, in the year 1965, he attended the Children Home School, Molete, Ibadan, between 1968 and 1975 for his elementary education before proceeding to Christ Apostolic Grammar School, Adesola, Ibadan between 1976 and 1979 and later Iwo Grammar School. He studied law at the Lagos State University, graduating in 1990 before being called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990. He participated in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the Ministry of Justice, Plateau State between 1991 and 1992. Upon the completion of his NYSC programme, he joined the law firm of Femi Lanlehin and Company where he worked as a counsel before transferring his services to the law firm of Kayode and Company. In 1999, he established his own firm, Akinboro and Co. With offices in Lagos and Abuja, the firm has carved a reputation as one of the leading legal firms in the country, with specialization on litigation (civil and criminal matters), corporate regulatory compliance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, energy and environmental matters, due diligence, intellectual property, labour and industrial matters, patent and trademarks, real estate, tax, telecommunications, immigration, and international business transaction. Chief Akinboro (SAN) has an enviable track record of service to the legal profession and the nation. He has served at different times and in different capacities. His immense contribution to the development of law in Nigeria includes the following: Secretary, NBA Abuja Branch (2002 2004); Chairman, NBA Abuja Branch (2006 2008); General Secretary, Nigeria Bar Association (national) – 2010 – 2012; Member, Board of Trustees, Abuja Multi-Door Courthouse; Member, FCT Judicial Service Committee 2009 – 2013; Member, FCT Land Use Allocation Committee 2009; Member, Legal Aid Council Governing Board 2009 – 2011; Chairman, FCT Judicial Service Committee Personnel Management Board 2009 – 2013; Member, Governing Council of the University of Benin 2013 till date; Member, Body of Benchers of Nigeria 2012 till date; Member, Federal Judicial Service Commission 2013 till date; Member, Governing Council of the Bar 2011 – 2015; Member, NBA Disciplinary Committee; Trustee, Practice, Support and Development Initiative; Secretary, NBA National Headquarters Building Committee; Member, National Executive Committee of NBA 2002 – 2012; Life Member, National Executive Committee of the NBA 2012; and NEC Representative, NBA Abuja branch 2008 – 2010. He loves travelling, reading, sports, discussions and research. He and his wife, the new Yeye Baamofin of Owu-Kuta Kingdom, have three children, namely Tiwatayo, Arolake and Adedolapo.