Sunday, 22 May, 2022


Akpata emerges as new NBA President

Mr Olumide Akpata has surfaced as the winner of the Nigerian Bar Association’s (NBA) national elections, after defeating two other contestants who are Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) making him the NBA’s first non-SAN President in a long time.

The election commenced on Wednesday, July 29, and ended Thursday, July 30. Mr Akpata won the election with a total of 9,891 votes of the total 18,256 ballots cast.

“Yesterday, we made history and today, I want to thank each and every one of you who supported me and who was part of this process”. Olumide announced via twitter.

I want to salute my entire team who worked tirelessly to make this a reality, sacrificing precious time to deliver our mandate.

Mr Akpata is now the first non-SAN to lead the Nigerian Bar Association in years. Some feedback from members of the NBA indicates that there has been a long-standing cry for a change and now it seems many of the association’s members have a good reason to be excited.

Olumide Akpata was born on the 7th of October 1972 and attended King’s College in Lagos. He was called to the Nigerian bar on 15 December 1993 after obtaining his law degree from the University of Benin the previous year.

His law career started under the late Dr Mudiaga Odje (SAN) during his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), before joining Templars shortly after it was established.

He has spent over two decades practicing with Templars, and is currently Senior Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial practice of Templars. He advises on various aspects of Nigerian Corporate and Commercial Law, including Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Law, Labour and Employment, Media entertainment, technology, and regulatory compliance.

He was elected as Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law (SBL) council in January 2012, and subsequently as the Vice-chairman in August 2014, before emerging as the Chairman in August 2016. He has over two decades of experience in advising clients on various aspects of Nigerian Corporate and Commercial Law.

After handing over to his successor, he still sits on the Council of the NBA-SBL and is also the Vice-Chair (West-Africa) of the International Bar Association’s Africa Regional Forum.

He regularly advises local and international corporations on the impact of Nigerian Law on their investments and/or operations in Nigeria particularly regarding: the establishment of local subsidiaries, corporate governance and compliance, mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, labour and immigration, regulatory issues and tax.

Mr Akpata is often called upon to speak at local and international conferences and seminars and currently sits on the Council of the Nigeria Bar Association Section on Business Law. He is also the Vice-Chair (West-Africa) of the International Bar Association’s Africa Regional Forum

In addition to his aforementioned roles at Templars, he have over the years also developed and deployed the requisite skills that are a must-have for the management of people and resources in an organisation with a current head-count of over 150 people and which operates out of different locations in Nigeria. In this regard, he has, at different times, superintended the activities of the Operations, Human Resources and Business Development divisions of Templars.

Congratulations to Mr. Olumide Akpata, we wish him increased energy and greater determination to achieve success and move the Nigerian Bar Association to greater heights!

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