By Bayo Akinlade Esq.

Series 3 continues.

➢ Launch of the Law Society, University of Swaziland (2009)
 ➢ The DOHA Forum on Anti- Abortion – Pro Family Conference, United Nations HQ, New York (2008)
 ➢ PEW Foundation Expert Meeting on International Religious Freedom in North Carolina, USA (2008)
 ➢ Africa Trust consultative meeting on the Pan- African Parliament, Midrand, South Africa (2009)
 ➢ CCP-AU Continental Consultative Meeting, Addis Ababa (2009)
 ➢ National Defense Academy, ADF USA (2010)
 ➢ Delivered talks in several conferences and workshops on various topics especially regarding good governance and anticorruption (2010 to Date)
 ➢ Delivered several papers on combating corruption in the Judiciary as a workshop facilitator for the Lagos State Judiciary (2018 and 2019)

 ➢ Recipient of the 2008 Advocates International’s Good Samaritan Award
 ➢ Lagos State Judiciary Award for Excellence in the Fight Against Corruption
 ➢ Advocates Africa Award for Service to Humanity

 ➢ Date of Birth: July 4, 1974
 ➢ Marital Status:   Married
 ➢ No. of Children: Three (3)
 ➢ Home Address: L11B Millennium Housing Estate, Oke-Eletu, Ijede LCDA,
Ikorodu, Lagos
Bayo Akinlade obtained his LL.B from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1999 after which he attended the Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 2001. He had is first practice experience working as an Associate in the Law firm of Chief G.O. Sodipo & Co. were he was exposed to Litigating Intellectual Property cases. His commitment to the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria further gave him opportunities to defend criminal cases while advocating for human rights and good governance. In 2003 he was invited to the United States by the Late Sam Ericsson, founder of Advocates International Inc. after about 4 months travelling to more than 6 states within the USA speaking at conferences and meetings, he was offered a job by Advocates International as its Africa Liaison and Staff counsel. The job took him to over 30 countries on 3 continents, especially in Africa where he addressed many human rights issues, formulated policies for governments and addressed lawyers and politicians alike.

In December 2003 Bayo opened the Africa office for Advocates International in Lagos, Nigeria. Between December 2003 and December 2004, he operated from Lagos and travelled extensively throughout the African Continent meeting with Lawyers, Judges and Politicians. However due to some logistic issues; Advocates International (AI) decided to move its Africa operations to Pretoria, South Africa.

In January 2004; Bayo was tasked with setting up AI’s Africa office in Pretoria, South Africa which he did and from where he would operate till his resignation in 2009. Bayo would also operate out of AI’s head office in Fairfax, Virginia USA 3 times a year.

Bayo would over the period of 6 years; travel to over 30 countries around the globe representing Advocates International’s interest at the Africa Union, the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights Sessions and in several other workshops, meetings and Conferences. Bayo also organized several Conferences and meetings around the African Continent for Advocates Africa (an organization founded through Advocates international and facilitated by Bayo).

In October 2009, Bayo resigned his appointment with Advocates International and returned home out of passion to rebuild Nigeria and to help with its young democracy.

On his return, Bayo engaged the Community around him by providing probono and free legal consultancy services. He volunteered in several community initiatives and later became the secretary of his Community Development Association. Bayo also devoted his time to the Nigerian Bar Association Ikorodu Branch where he served on various committees and would later become the Secretary in 2012 and in 2018 become the Chairman of the Branch.

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