Hon. Justice Ayotunde Adeyoola Phillips (Nee Williams) was born on the 26th day of July 1949 in London, England, United Kingdom to Hon. Justice James Oladipo Williams and Mrs. Henrietta Aina Williams, both now of blessed memory. Her late father was a High Court Judge, which makes her a second generation Judge.
She gained admission into the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba following the advice of her father to study law. She graduated with LLB (Honours) in June 1973. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1974 and spent her compulsory National Youth Service Corps year in the then East Central State of Nigeria.
Her working career began when she served as a junior counsel in the Chambers of the late Kehinde Sofola, SAN in 1975. A year later, she was employed as a Legal Officer with the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC), where she rose through the ranks to the position of Secretary/Legal Adviser of the Corporation.
In 1990, she transferred her service to the Lagos State Ministry of Justice where she held the positions of Director of Commercial Law and Director of Civil Litigation before her elevation to the position of a Judge of the High Court of Lagos State in February 1994.
Her Ladyship held several judicial positions during her career on the Bench such as the Chairman, Panel of Enquiry into the sale of the Lagos State Government Shares in Eko Hotels Ltd ( 1999 ); Member, Advisory Committee of the Nigerian Rule of Law Assistance Project hosted by the National Centre for State Courts, Washington DC and USAID ( June 2000-2004 ); Member, Election Petitions Tribunal, Rivers State ( September 2000 - April 2001); Member, Election Petitions Tribunal, Adamawa State ( November 2001 – March 2002 ); Probate Judge ( 2001-2004); Administrative Judge, Ikeja Judicial Division ( March 2009 - April 2010 ); Chairman, Welfare Committee, High Court of Lagos State (2004-2009); Head Judge, High Court of Lagos State ( April 2010 - June 2012 ); Chairman, Lagos Settlement Week ( September 2010 to June 2012).
On 14th June 2012, she was sworn in as the 14th Chief Judge and 4th female Chief Judge of Lagos State. Her Ladyship retired from the High Court Bench on the 26th of July 2014 upon the attainment of the statutory retirement age of 65 years. She had by then served the Lagos State Government for 38 years out of which 20 years were spent on the High Court Bench.
Justice Phillips is a member of Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), International Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA), International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), Nigerian Association of Women Judges (NAWJN), World Jurists Association (WJA), Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA), Ladies Roundtable (Social Club), Guild of Stewards, Diocese of Lagos West. She is currently the Legal Adviser to the Ikeja Archdeaconry, Diocese of Lagos West, Ikeja, Lagos and also the Deputy Chancellor, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Diocese of Lagos West, Ikeja, Lagos State.
She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK; Country Chair of the Nigerian Conflict and Management Group; Member, Board of Trustees, Association of Multi-Door Courthouses of Nigeria and Member of the Board of Directors of Lagos Court of Arbitration.
On the 29th June 2016, she was sworn in as the Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC)
Apart from her love for law, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips enjoys singing, reading, cooking, listening to good music, dancing, watching movies and travelling. She also has a passion for gadgets and loves exploring the beauty of modern day technology.
She is happily married to Folorunso Modupe Phillips and the marriage is blessed with children and grandchildren.
Chief ( Mrs.) Sekinat Toyin Ibrahim- Famakinwa was born in Lagos on April 8,1959. She attended Zumratul Islamiyyah School, Araromi, Ajegunle Apapa between 1963 and 1969 for her primary school education. She also attended Jubril Martins Ahmadiyah Grammar School, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos between 1970 and 1975 and Timi- Agbale Grammar School, Ede, Osun State for her secondary school education. For her tertiary education, Chief ( Mrs.) Toyin Ibrahim- Famakinwa attended Miami-Dade Community College between 1977 and 1981 and also Charon- Williams College, both in Miami, Florida, United States. Between 1979 and 1983, she worked as a Flight Announcer at Eastern Airlines, Miami, Florida, United States.
A player in the entertainment and tourism sectors, Chief ( Mrs. ) Ibrahim – Famakinwa has, at different periods, worked as an actress with the Nigerian Television Authority ( NTA ), Victoria Island, Lagos, Sunny Production, Palm Avenue, Ladipo, Oshodi and Mainframe Production, Oshodi between 1987 and 2009. She also served as a Sales and Administration Coordinator at Barclay Travels, Allen Avenue, Ikeja and also as Hotel Manager at Winnis International Hotel, Surulere. Chief ( Mrs.) Ibrahim- Famakinwa is a member of the Hotel and Institutional Management Association, Miami, Florida, United States. A widow of the late Hon. Justice Victor Babatunde Famakinwa, Chief ( Mrs. ) Famakinwa is also actively involved in community development.
Born on January 11, 1961, Dr. Olubunmi Omobamidele Omoseyindemi attended Abeokuta Grammar School, Abeokuta between 1973 and 1977 for his Secondary School Certificate. He also studied at the Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu Ode for his Higher School Certificate between 1977 and 1979.
Dr. Omoseyindemi obtained his M.B.B.S. from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos in 1985 and between 1996 and 1977, he also attended the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan where he obtained a Master’s degree in African Studies with emphasis on Ethno Medicine. Dr. Omoseyindemi also attended a short course in Anthropological Perspective on Global Health between January and March, 2014.
He worked as a Medical Officer at the General Hospital, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies between 1985 and 1987 and also served in the same capacity at St. Luke Hospital, Lagos between 1989 and 1991. He also served as Medical Director of Global Medical Centre between 1992 and 1996. Dr. Omoseyindemi became a Consultant to the Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology from 1998 to 2000 and within the same period, served as a lecturer in Herbal/ Ethno Medicine. A thoroughbred medical practitioner, Dr. Omoseyindemi was the Chairman of the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board between 2001 and 2015. He is also a member of several professional and strategic committees on health such as:
The West African Health Organisation ( WAHO ) Experts Committee on Traditional Medicine (2011 till date ). The World Health Organisation ( WHO ) Member, Experts’ Committee on Traditional Medicine (2012 till date ). Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board ( 2009 – 2015 ). The Lagos State Core Group on Ebola ( 2014 till date ). Chief Coordinator, Lagos State Health Volunteers Scheme ( LSHVS ) among a host of others.
In the course of his medical career, Dr. Omoseyindemi has attended a number of conferences and seminars both locally and internationally. He has also written and published several articles and presented several papers on a wide range of subjects relating to his profession. A member of several social clubs and associations, Dr. Omoseyindemi has received quite a number of awards from diverse organisations in recognition of his contributions to medicine and community development.
Mr. Olusegun Fasu Ayedun was born in Aiyetoro, Owena, Ondo State on 15th February, 1956. He had his primary school education at St. Saviour’s Anglican Primary School, Aiyetoro, Owena, Ondo State between 1964 and 1969. He also attended the Lagos State College of Education, Otto, Ijanikin between 1980 and 1983 for his National Certificate of Education, specializing in Economics/ Mathematics.
Mr. Ayedun later attended the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos where he obtained a Bachelor of Science ( honours degree ) in Mathematics in 1995.
Born on the 4th of October, 1961, at Inisa, in Odo –Otin Local Government Area of Osun State, South West Nigeria, Prof. Gabriel Olatunde Babawale had his post-primary education at Inisa Grammar School, Inisa, Osun State, from 1973-1977. As an undergraduate and postgraduate student at the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) from 1977 to 1985, he distinguished himself as a versatile academic having to his credit two prestigious academic honours: Scholar, University of Ife, 1983-84 and Departmental Scholarship Grant for Best Graduate Overall Performance at the Department of International Relations ( 1983/84 session).
As a distinguished academic whose intellectual engagements traverse Nigeria, Africa and other continents, Prof. Babawale began his career in teaching, research and scholarship during his National Youth Service ( 1981-82 ) as a teacher at the Government Secondary School, Numan, Adamawa State. He was subsequently appointed as an Assistant Lecturer at the Adeyemi College of Education campus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in 1985, where he made significant contributions to the development of his department in particular and the institution in general. In 1991, he was appointed Lecturer Grade 1 by the University of Lagos, where he got to the peak of his academic career with his appointment as a Professor of Political Economy in 2005 (backdated to 2002).
Prof. Tunde Babawale was the founding and until 2006, Managing Editor of the reputable UNILAG Journal of Politics. He was voted as the Best Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Lagos, by the students in a survey conducted by the University for the 2003/2004 academic session. Prof. Babawale is a member of many learned and academic associations and societies, some of which include: the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), Historical Society of Nigeria and the Third World Forum among others.
After twenty-four years of distinguished scholarship, Prof. Babawale was invited in August 2006 by the Federal Government of Nigeria to serve the nation as Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation. Less than four years after his appointment, he transformed the thirty four year-old Centre into a world class art and culture Agency with international appeal and global reckoning. He also attracted to the Centre valuable institutional patronage and enormous goodwill.
Prof. Tunde Babawale, as a quintessential and an outstanding administrator, has to his credit the organisation, hosting and coordination of seven international conferences for experts on students and scholars of Africa and the African Diaspora Studies (Trinidad and Tobago, 2006; Republic of Benin, 2007; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2008; Brasilia, Brazil, 2009, Abuja, Nigeria, 2010; Salvador, Bahia - Brazil, 2011 and Missouri, USA, 2012). Indeed, following the successful organisation and hosting of two international conferences in Brazil in quick succession in 2008 and 2009 respectively, he helped in the opening of a new chapter in the Nigeria-Brazil relations by facilitating the signing of an MOU between the two countries in Abuja, Nigeria on the 15th of March, 2010.
An exemplary Scholar and Researcher, Prof. Babawale is also a prolific writer. His books and articles, published in reputable scholarly journals, are very topical, and of contemporary significance. He has contributed to knowledge in form of monographs, authored books, edited and co – edited books, chapter contributions to books, articles in learned local and international journals, papers presented and published in learned local and international conference proceedings, and public lectures. His contributions in these numerous outlets total over one hundred and twenty (120). At the last count, he has published to date a total of Twenty One (21) books and Seven (7) monographs. His two-volume book titled: Nigeria in the Crises of Governance and Development (2006) is considered a laudable x-ray of Nigerian politics, governance and administration. His analysis of issues of contemporary significance in his book: Urban Violence, Ethnic Militias and Challenge of Democratic Consolidation in Nigeria (2003) brought to the fore the complexity and social reality of the management of diversity in contemporary Nigeria.
Consequent upon his contributions to scholarship and significant accomplishments as an outstanding public administrator and academic, Prof. Tunde Babawale has held positions of responsibility both within and outside the University and has received numerous awards and honours. The most significant of these include:
• Scholar, University of Ife ( 1983 – 84 )
• Departmental Scholarship Grant for Best Graduate Overall Performance, Department of International Relations, University of Ife ( 1983/84 Session )
• Secretary, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos Chapter ( 1993-1996 )
• First Assistant Dean of Students’ Affairs, University of Lagos ( 1998-2000 )
• Chairman, Intellectual Nodal Contact Committee, a Committee set up by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos to enhance the implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan ( 2005-2006 )
• Chairman, Ford Foundation Grant Committee, Department of Political Science, University of Lagos ( 2002-2006 )
• Member, Administrative Visitation Panel to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba- Akoko, Ondo State, 2009
• Distinguished Leadership Role Model Award for Outstanding Leadership Qualities and Inspiration to Younger Generation by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in 2006;
• Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Outstanding Leadership Merit Award in 2008;
• The United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Award for participating in the International Visitor Leadership Programme on ‘Cultural Heritage Preservation’, 2008;
• Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers’ Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) State Merit Award, 2009;
• National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) Distinguished Personality of the Year Award, 2012
• Obafemi Awolowo University Alumni Association Excellence in Public Service Award, 2010
• Pan African Society for Music Education in Africa (PASMEA) Merit Award in recognition of his contributions to the development and growth of Music Education in Africa, 2010;
• 6th Akwaaba African Travels Award for Excellence and Individual Merit for Monumental Contributions to African Cultural Renaissance, 2010 and
• Ibadan Cultural Studies Group and Toyin Falola Annual Conference Award for Africa and African Diaspora Excellent Leadership, 2011.
• Distinguished Public Service Award of the University of Texas at Austin, United States of America, 2012.
Precisely one month after his assumption of duties at the University of Lagos, he was appointed as the Dean of Students’ Affairs by the authorities of the University.
In June, 2017, Prof. Gabriel Olatunde Babawale was appointed and sworn in as a Member of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission ( LASIEC ) by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor, Lagos State. He is married to Mrs. Adetola Babawale and the union is blessed with children.
Dr. Noah Lawal-Jinadu was born in Isale-Eko, Lagos Island on 18th April, 1967. He is a member of the chieftaincy and royal families of Sasi, Eletu-Iwashe and Osuro-Oloto respectively. He attended Mushin Local Government Primary School, Mushin, Lagos between 1974 and 1980 for his primary school education and Okota Grammar School, Okota, Isolo between 1980 and 1985 for his secondary school education.
Dr Lawal- Jinadu obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Arabic Linguistics from the Foreign Languages Department, Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos in 1994 and 2000 respectively.
He served in the Public Affairs Department (PAD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as a Public Affairs Officer during his National Youth Service between 1995 and 1997.
He was employed by the Lagos State University, Ojo in 1999 as a Graduate Assistant in the Foreign Languages Department where he rose to the position of a Senior Lecturer in 2015. He served the Department in different capacities: Postgraduate Co-ordinator (2010-14), Head of Unit (2015-17), member of the Faculty of Arts Disciplinary Committee (2016-17), member, Examination Mal-practices Committee, LASU External System, Festac Campus (2016-17), among others.
He also attended some classes in the Nigerian Legal System and International Law and Diplomacy in the Faculty of Law of the University in 1997. He obtained his PhD in Arabic Textlinguistics and Translation Studies from the International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2008.
In the course of his academic career, Dr Lawal-Jinadu has attended a number of seminars and conferences both locally and internationally. He has also written and published several articles and presented papers on different aspects of Applied Linguistics and socio-religious issues.
He is a member of several professional and academic organisations, including the African Linguistics Association, Illinois, USA; American Association of Arabic Teachers, USA; and the International Pragmatic Society, USA.
A dedicated academic and revered religious cleric, Dr Noah Lawal-Jinadu was appointed as a member of the Lagos State Muslims Welfare Board (LSMWB) where he served the State diligently between 2009-2012/15.
He is also a member of several social/religious associations and currently the General Secretary, Isale-Eko Descendants’ Union. In recognition of his contributions to humanity, he has received a number of awards from various organisations.
Dr. Noah Lawal – Jinadu was appointed and sworn into office as a member of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor, Lagos State in June, 2017.
Mr Sesan Tunde Ogundeko is the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission ( LASIEC ). He was appointed and sworn in as Permanent Secretary by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor, Lagos State on 3rd January, 2018.
During his swearing- in ceremony as Permanent Secretary, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, had described him as a very competent person, stressing “ I have absolute confidence in his ability given his pedigree as a progressive-minded civil servant who has satisfied this administration’s standards of competence and passion for excellent service delivery”.
Mr Ogundeko, a lawyer was, until his appointment as Permanent Secretary, the Director, Legislative Drafting and Legal Services Department of the Lagos State House of Assembly where he also served as Legal Adviser to several committees of the House.
Born on 11th December, 1968 he attended St. James’ Cathedral Primary School, Oke–Bola, Ibadan where he obtained his Primary School Leaving Certificate in 1980. He also attended Christ Apostolic Grammar School, also in Ibadan between 1981 and 1984 before he moved to the Baptist Academy, Obanikoro, Lagos in 1985 where he obtained his West African School Certificate in 1986.
In 1987, Mr Sesan Tunde Ogundeko was admitted into the Lagos State University (LASU), graduating in 1991 with his first degree in Law. He thereafter proceeded to the Nigerian Law School where he obtained his Bachelor of Law degree in 1992.
Also in a bid to satisfy his quest for more knowledge, Mr Ogundeko obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Lagos in 2003 and another Master’s degree in Legislative Drafting from the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
The new Permanent Secretary also has to his credit professional certificates from international educational institutions, including a Certificate in Legislative Drafting and Certificate in Advanced Legislative Drafting from the International Law Institute, Washington DC, United States and Certificate in Budget Analysis and Governance obtained from the University of Cambridge in 2012.
Mr Sesan Tunde Ogundeko began his working career when he was employed into the Unified Local Government Service of Lagos State by the Local Government Service Commission in March 1995. During his sojourn in the Local Government Service, Mr Ogundeko served in many Local Governments, including Mushin, Agege, Badagry, Amuwo Odofin and Epe as well as in Ori Ade, Eredo and Ikosi Ejinrin Local Council Development Areas of the State.
In 2006, Mr Ogundeko transferred his service into the mainstream Civil Service of the State as Chief Legal Officer and was consequently deployed to the Lagos State House of Assembly.
A member of several professional bodies, including the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association among others, Mr Ogundeko enjoys reading and socialising with members of his community as his hobbies. He is happily married and blessed with children.