On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the amiable J-K Gadzama SAN hosted the members of the newly elected executive committee of the NBA-Abuja branch. The Excos were led by the indefatigable Afam Okeke Esq who previously worked and cut his teeth under Chief Gadzama’s tutelage.

The hosting was not a surprise as the Learned Silk had continually hosted all elected Excos of the NBA-Abuja branch since 2005.

At the event which took place at the Learned Silk’s Asokoro residence, the past Chairman of the branch, Chief Gadzama stated that it had become a tradition for him to host all Excos of the NBA-Abuja branch. According to him, it was important to continually interact with colleagues and provide motivation for the executives of the branch who he humbly described as his ‘bosses’.

After the remarks by the Learned Silk, senior members of the Bar such as Chief Patrick Okolo SAN – Past Chairman of the NBA-Abuja branch, Chief Ikechukwu Ezechukwu SAN – Past Chairman of the NBA-Abuja branch, Mela Audu Nunghe SAN – Past Chairman of the NBA-Abuja branch and Mohammed Monguno, Esq. – Past Attorney-General of Borno & Chairman of NBA-Maiduguri branch gave short speeches wherein they narrated the history and unity of the branch. They also hailed Chief Gadzama for his magnanimity and constant availability to respond to the needs of the branch.

In response, the Chairman of the branch, Afam Okeke, Esq. thanked Chief Gadzama who he described as a key supporter of the bar for always assisting the branch in all its endeavours. He recounted how the Learned Silk hosted the branch executives while he was the Secretary under the leadership of Desmond Yamah, Esq. He also stated that Chief Gadzama loved the branch and appreciated him for the kind gesture shown towards the newly elected Excos.

It is interesting to note that the newly elected and immediate past chairmen of the branch had worked under Chief Gadzama and enjoyed his revered mentorship at different points in their careers.

As the event went on, the guests ate, dined and relaxed at the event. Incidentally, it was the birthday of Funso Odebode, Esq., the vice-chairman of the branch who was celebrated by the Learned Silk.

Present at the event were the following officers of the NBA-Abuja branch: Funso Odebode, Esq. – Vice Chairman, Isiaka Musa, Esq. – Secretary, Oluwatosin F. Emmanuel, Esq. – Assistant Secretary, Adamma Isamade, Esq. – Welfare Secretary, Michael Awo Ejeh, Esq. – Publicity Secretary, Chinelo Audrey Ofoegbunam, Esq. – Treasurer, Farida Usman, Esq. – Financial Secretary, Simon Kanshio, Esq. – Social Secretary and Emmanuel Utomi, Esq. – Provost. Also present were Francis Oronsaye, Esq. – Managing Partner of J-K Gadzama LLP, Darlington Onyekwere, Esq., Madu Gadzama, Esq., Jerry Musa, Esq., Mark Chidi Agbo, Esq. and Lamar Gadzama, Esq., amongst others.

Other Past Chairmen like Chief Karinya Tunya SAN, Chief Ola Olanipekun SAN, Mr Patrick Ediale, High Chief Muyiwa Akinboro, SAN, and Abimbola Kayode, Esq. sent their apologies.


The much anticipated business luncheon sponsored annually by the leading law firm of S. P. A. Ajibade & Co will hold today in Lagos.

According to a statement made available to CITY LAWYER, the event will hold at Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The statement reads:

All is set for the 2019 edition of the Annual Business Luncheon of S. P. A. Ajibade & Co. Themed: Forum for the Resolution of Civil Disputes: the Courts V the Law Enforcement Agencies, the Business Luncheon which is the 12th in its series, will feature seasoned experts in law practice and law enforcement.

According to Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, SAN, Managing Partner of the firm, the Annual Business Luncheon which has been hosted since 2008 was inspired by the need to give back to the legal profession, as part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility.

Explaining its relevance to the legal sphere in Nigeria, Dr. Ajibade said “Over the years, the themes of the Business Luncheons, just like the forthcoming one have been focused on aspects of the legal profession which are topical, give course for concern and require discussion. Members of the firm are passionate about the legal profession and hope to see it regain its pride of place among professions.”

The event which will see a gathering of legal practitioners from around the country will be chaired by Honourable Justice Amina Augie, JSC, with the keynote address to be delivered by Mr. Olasupo Sashore, SAN, former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Lagos State. On the panel of discussion, Honourable Justice Biobele A. Georgwill, JCA, Mr. Omoyemi Akangbe, Chairman NBA Lagos branch and Mr. Fatai Owoseni, former Commissioner of Police,
Lagos state will deliberate on the appropriate forum for resolving civil disputes.

The Business luncheon is scheduled to hold on the 14th of November 2019 at the Radisson Blu Anchorage hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. S. P. A. Ajibade & Co., a leading corporate and commercial law firm in Nigeria established over 50 years ago, has continuously rendered sound technical advice and tailored solutions to its local and international clients. It has cemented its reputation as a Firm that ensures clients’ needs for legal services are satisfied in a timely, ethical and effective manner.

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