Profile of Prince Olumide Akindiya, Esq.
Olumide Akindiya as one of the princes from royal family in Ikole Ekiti was born on the 17th of August, 1980 and 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’ in 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. He had solitarily handled up to sixty cases at lower Courts and Superior Courts for his law firm apart from Solicitorship. Known for litigation, Civil and Criminal matter, Land matters, Probate matters, Company and Commercial Law, Debt Recovery, Fundamental Rights, Entertainment, etc.
Based on his active law practice and payment of annual practising fees, he was appointed Notary Public of Federal Republic of Nigeria by 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. Also, had offered pro bono services to poorer people, journalists, celebrities/entertainers and associations. They include: Joe El Amadi of Kennis Music, K-Solo, ANTP Association of Nigeria Theatre Practitioners 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., 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 Business Hallmark Newspaper on a weekly column at the age of 33 years being four years of being a lawyer. The column was for almost two years until the newspaper restructured and it affected his column so he had to stop. 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 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 grants 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; Exploring Intellectual Property for Self & Economic Growth Under the Nigerian Copyright Law;
The Role of Good Governance in Sustaining Development at the Grassroot, 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);
Barrister Award at My Mic My Swag Award 2015 (Lagos) 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).
Enterprising Legal Icon of the Year at ECA Award 2015 (Abuja).
Entertainment Supporting Law Firm at Kaduna Entertainment Award 2016 (Kaduna) on behalf of his law firm
Honour & Appreciation Award at Neros Just Dance Entertainment Award 2018 (Lagos).
Legal Practitioner of the Year at 12th Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award, 2018 (Lagos).
Legal Practitioner of the Year at 13th Lagos-Ikeja City Award 2018 (Lagos). To be honoured as Masses Friendly Legal Practitioner of the Year at this year Prestige Excellence Award & Lecture 2019 on the 28th of July, 2019 at LCCI Conference & Exhibition Centre, Alausa Ikeja in Lagos. 5 awards from entertainment industry, 2 from Communities, 2 from Media industry and 1 from NGO. He was also named in a special edition of Prestige International Magazine as one of 50 successful entrepreneurs in Nigeria as a legal icon with Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, Monday Ubani, Esq & Adetunji Adegboyega, Esq published on the 10th of February, 2019 by Timmary Communications. A book is being written in his honour with other personalities in Nigeria and to be published soon.
He had the privilege to have received these awards with Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode 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, Gov. Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State, Gov. Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Senator Shehu Sani, Hon. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Governor-Elect, Late Alh. (Dr.) Ibrahim A. Coomassie, Amb. John Fashanu, Monday Ubani, Esq, Babajide Otitoju (GM, TVC), Wale Elegbede (The Telegraph), Funsho Arogundade (Sun Newspaper) 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, Access Bank, 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), King Saro Wiwa & other personalities & celebrities.
He is a distinguished member of Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch.
He is happily married and has two children.
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