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Biography of Prince (Barr.) Olumide Akindiya after Prestige Excellence Award and Lecture 2019

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Olumide Akindiya who is one of the princes from royal family in Ikole Ekiti was born in Lagos State on the 17th of August, 1980. He grew up around Orile-Oshodi axis where he had his primary school at Afariogun Primary School from 1986 to1992 and secondary school at Bolade Grammar School, but finished at Lantoro High School, Ake-Lantoro, Abeokuta, Ogun State in 1998. He earned his Bachelor of Law (LL.B Hons) from Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos in 2008.

He started observing Court proceedings from 400 level and he did 6 months internship at Kayode Balogun & Co. Legal Practitioners at Oshodi for self experience before his admission to Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus same year and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2009. During his NYSC days, he served with the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Dutse in Jigawa State. He also co-anchored a radio programme called ‘You & the Law’ at Freedom Radio 99.5FM at Dutse, Jigawa during his service year. He later worked with a law firm, Ademola Ijaoba & Co. Legal Practitioners for a year before establishing his own law firm of Olumide Akindiya & Co. Legal Practitioners & Notary Public in Lagos on March 27, 2012 offering general legal services till date.

Known for litigation, Civil and Criminal matter, Land matters, Probate matters, Company and Commercial Law, Debt Recovery, Fundamental Rights, Entertainment, etc.

After nine years of active law practice, he was appointed as a Notary Public of Federal Republic of Nigeria by former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen, GCON on the 12th of July, 2018 upon meeting certain conditions of being a Notary. Through his law firm, he renders free legal advice to people and corporate bodies in which he started at three years of being a lawyer in 2012. Also, had offered pro bono services to poorer people, journalists, celebrities/entertainers and associations. They include: Joe El Amadi of Kennis Music, K-Solo, Association of Nigeria Theatre Practitioners (ANTP) Lagos State Chapter, Queen Azzezat Allen, Artist & Director at COSON, Seyi Allen, Damilola Banire, Alaba Rago Market Committee, Miriam Aponbepore, Tiwa Banks, etc.

He is a Legal Adviser/General Counsel to:
Alaba Rago Market Committee, Femi Oyewale, publisher of Sahara Weekly Magazine, Central Star Magazine, Harmony (Ibon-Epe) Cooperative Agricultural Multi-Purpose Society Ltd, G2M Creatives Ltd., Grindiin Records, Wabkam Nigeria Enterprises, etc.

Apart from being a practising Lawyer & Notary, he does write from his tender age till date. He was once one of the youngest law Columnists in Nigeria with Hallmark Newspaper on a weekly column at the age of 33 years being four years of being a lawyer. The column was within 2013 to 2015. The newspaper restructured and it affected his column so he had to stop in 2015. He wrote 34 articles with 42 publications. With his column name ‘Ask the Lawyer’ giving legal orientation & free legal advice to the public via different mass and social media. Apart from his column, he had published several articles in Nigeria newspapers, magazines, blogs, etc. He intends to publish these three law books:

  1. Suspect & Defendant in Nigeria: Criminal Culpability, Plight, Constitutional Rights & Enforcement. Foreword by Hon. Justice Ganiyu Safari.
  2. Fundamental Rights & Other Legal Writings. Foreword by Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips (Mrs.)
  3. Guide to Lagos State Tenancy Law. (Still research work)

Also, with wide legal experience, he had granted interviews on legal issues, matter arising, etc on TVs, Radios, Newspapers, Magazines and Blog sites.

He is also a Poet who has his unique poem called legal poem. He gave 40 poems to the Nation Newspaper in 2008 after exclusive interview with him on his poetry works which was published for years. He intends to publish his anthology titled ‘Legal Wahala & Other Poems’ soon comprising sixty poems which topics include: Legal Wahala, Substantial Justice, Dear Mama, If Only, World of Ignoramus I & II and so on.

At six years of being a lawyer, on invitation, he started speaking about law or law related issues at public, seminars and award events too as public speaker in Lagos, Abuja & Kaduna. Some of these legal topics include:
Crime within the Community;
21st Century Artistes Within the Confines of the Law;
Impacts of Entertainment towards Economic Advancement, etc.

For his contributions in legal practice, humanitarian services, entertainment industry, within communities and to media industry, he was a recipient of several awards which include:
Service Award at Oshodi CDA & Scholarship Award 2015 (Lagos State);
Barrister Award at My Mic My Swag Award 2015 (Lagos State) for his legal education of the public (column);
Legal Personality of the Year at Peace Achievers Award 2015 (Abuja);
Entertainment Supporting Lawyer in 2015 at Kaduna Entertainment Award 2015 (Kaduna State) for supporting upcoming entertainers.
Enterprising Legal Icon of the Year at Entertainment Choice Award 2015 (Abuja).
Entertainment Supporting Law Firm at Kaduna Entertainment Award 2016 (Kaduna State) on behalf of his law firm;
Honour & Appreciation Award at Neros Just Dance Entertainment Award 2018 (Lagos State) for supporting entertainers.
Legal Practitioner of the Year at 12th Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award, 2018 (Lagos State) for his contributions in legal & media industry;
Legal Practitioner of the Year at 13th Lagos-Ikeja City Award 2018 (Lagos State) for his contributions to humanity;
Masses Friendly Legal Practitioner of the Year at Prestige Excellence Award & Lecture 2019 (Lagos State) for his contributions in rendering free legal services & advice.
To say further that he will be honoured with Excellence Award in Legal Practice at this year 7th Edition of TM News Summit & Conferment of Honour 2019 at Abeokuta, Ogun State on the 10th of November, 2019 for his achievement, higher height attained, initiatives for public good & appetite for knowledge.

He had 5 awards from entertainment industry, 2 from Communities, 3 from Media industry and 1 from NGO.

He had the privilege to have received these awards with Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State, Gov. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, Gov. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Gov. Alh. Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State, former Gov of Gombe State, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Gov. Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Senator Shehu Sani, former Gov of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, Late Alh. (Dr.) Ibrahim A. Coomassie, Amb. John Fashanu, Monday Ubani, Esq, Babajide Kolade-Otitoju (GM, TVC), Wale Elegbede (The Telegraph), Funsho Arogundade (Sun Newspaper), DCP Abba Kyari the head of IGP Intelligence Response Team, CP Zubairu Muazu (COP Lagos State), CP Dasuki D. Gadanchi (COP Imo State), ACP Olatunji Disu the Commander of Lagos State Rapid Response Squared (RRS), Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya General Overseer of MFM, Zenith Bank PLC, First Bank PLC, Union Bank PLC, Fidelity Bank PLC, Access Bank PLC, Leadership Newspaper, TVC, Bond FM, Hon. Dakuku Peterside, CP Edgal Imohimi, former CP of Lagos State, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi (Chairman Lagos State Task Force on Environment & Special Offence), SP Bulus Musa Commanding Anti-Kidnapping Squad Lagos State Police Command, Lucas Ajanaku (The Nation Newspaper), Leo-Stan Ekeh, Don Jazzy of Marvins Records, Femi Aderibigbe (Chairman, Orisun TV & Nigezie TV), Toyin Ibitoye, Ayo Makun known as AY, Davido, Murphy Jemba, Eucharia Anobi, Yemi Alade, Abimbola Akinsanya, Yemi Blaq, Ayo Adesanya, Iyabo Ojo, Alex Ekubo, Oritse Femi, Kiss Daniel, Koffi, Mandy, MC Ice Water, MC Sakara, Arole, Bolanle Olukanmi (Ebony Life TV) & other personalities & celebrities.

He was also named in a special edition of Prestige International Magazine as one of the 50 successful entrepreneurs in Nigeria as a legal icon with Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, Monday Ubani, Esq and Adetunji Adegboyega, Esq published on the 10th of February, 2019 by Timmary Communications.

He is a Christian and his hobbies include: mental argument, table tennis, music, poetry and writing.

He is a distinguished member of Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch.

He is happily married to Esther Akindiya and has two children: Prince Adewale Akindiya and Princess Aderola Akindiya.

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