Education – University of Lagos – LLB
Council of Legal Education, Nigerian Law School – BL
Chief Wole Olanipekun was called to the Nigerian Bar in July, 1976, became a Notary Public in 1987, and attained the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in July, 1991, in recognition of his forensic contributions to the advancement of the Legal Profession in Nigeria. Between 1992 and 1993, he served as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the old Ondo State. He was elected the 20th President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in August, 2002.
At different times, he has served as a member of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC), Council of Legal Education, Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, General Council of the Bar and the Ondo State Judicial Service Commission. He was also at a point in time, the Acting Chairman of the Council of Legal Education. He became a life member of the Body of Benchers in 2004, and he is also a life member of the National Executive Committee of the NBA. While he is still an active member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association (CLA), Pan African Lawyers’ Union (PALU), and West African Bar Association (WABA), he was, between 2002-2005, a member of Council of each of the International Law bodies.
He was the Pro-Chancellor & Chairman of Council, University of Ibadan between 2009 and 2013, and during which time, he also doubled as the Chairman, Court of Governors of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. In November 2014, the Proprietor of Ajayi Crowther University, comprising all the Bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in the Supra Diocesan Board West, unanimously appointed Chief Wole Olanipekun, as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the 11-year old Anglican University – Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo.
A prolific, seasoned and consummate writer, Chief Wole Olanipekun is often saturated with invitations to deliver and present lectures from institutions, organisations, companies, etc, from within and outside the country. In the past twenty years, Chief Wole Olanipekun has written and presented over 250 papers on diverse topics in law, politics, economics, education, religion, amongst others. He has also contributed several chapters to a host of law publications and journals. He is the author of the book titled ‘The Voice of Law and Social Change’, published in two volumes.
A quiet, accommodating and winsome philanthropist, Chief Wole Olanipekun has positively impacted on people and lives, both young and old, in different and diverse areas, including education, religion, industry and employment.
Chief Wole Olanipekun is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb.), Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (FNIALS) and Fellow, College of Education, Ikere (FCEI). He was awarded with the degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa (LL.D) by the University of Ibadan, in November, 2014. He holds the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR).