Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, a distinguished Nigerian jurist, and the Acting Chief Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has made significant contributions to the legal field throughout his career. Born on August 22, 1958, in Iseyin, Oyo State, he has risen to prominence through his commitment to justice and legal expertise.
Early Life and Education:
Justice Ariwoola’s journey began in Iseyin, Oyo State, where he received his primary education at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole. He continued his education at the Muslim Modern School before completing high school at Ansar-Ud-Deen High School in Sarki, Oyo State. His pursuit of legal knowledge led him to earn a law degree (LLB) from the University of Ife, now known as Obafemi Awolowo University, in Ile Ife, Osun State. After his studies, he was admitted to the Nigerian bar.
Upon joining the legal profession, Justice Ariwoola commenced his journey at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate in July 1981. He embarked on his career as a State Counsel at the Ministry of Justice in Akure, Ondo State, and later served as a Legal Officer in the Ministry of Justice in Oyo State. In August 1989, he established his legal practice, Olukayode Ariwoola & Co., before becoming a Judge of the Oyo State Judiciary in November 1992.
Ariwoola’s dedication extended to his roles as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Phonex Motors Ltd. and as Chairman of the Armed Robbery Tribunal, Oyo State. He also presided over the Kaduna, Enugu, and Lagos Divisions of the Court of Appeals before being appointed to the Supreme Court.
Membership and Achievements:
Justice Ariwoola’s affiliations include memberships in prestigious legal associations such as the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the Nigerian Body of Benchers. His contribution to the legal field has been widely recognized, as evidenced by his positions and achievements.
While Justice Ariwoola maintains a private life, it is known that he is married and has children pursuing various paths in life. Despite his professional accomplishments, he keeps his family life away from the media’s attention.
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola’s journey from his early education in Iseyin to becoming the Acting Chief Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is an inspiring testament to his dedication to justice and the legal field. With his extensive experience and commitment, he continues to shape Nigeria’s legal landscape and uphold the principles of justice.