Bola Ajibola

Bolasodun Adesumbo "Bola" Ajibola, KBE (born March 22, 1934)[1] was Attorney General and the Minister of Justice of Nigeria from 1985 to 1991 and a Judge of the International Court of Justice from 1991 to 1994.[2] He was president of the Nigerian Bar Association from 1984 to 1985. He was also one of five commissioners on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, organized through the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Bola Ajibola
Minister of Justice of Nigeria
In office
September 12, 1985 – December 4, 1991
Succeeded byClement Akpamgbo
Judge of the International Court of Justice
In office
Preceded byTaslim Elias
Succeeded byAbdul Koroma
Personal details
Born (1934-03-22) March 22, 1934 (age 88)
Alma materUniversity of London

He is a Prince from Owu and was born on March 22, 1934 in Owu, near Abeokuta, Nigeria, to the Owu royal family of Oba Abdul-Salam Ajibola Gbadela II,[3] who was the traditional ruler of Owu between 1949 and 1972. Ajibola attended both Owu Baptist Day School and Baptist Boys' High School in Abeokuta between 1942 and 1955. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Law (LL.B) at the Holborn College of Law, University of London between 1959 and 1962 and was called to the English Bar at the Lincoln's Inn in 1962.[4] He returned to Nigeria to practise Law, specialising in Commercial Law and International Arbitration.

Prince Bola Ajibola was chairman of the panel set up by the Plateau State government to probe the 2008 Jos riots.[5][6] He established an Islamic and co-educational institution, Crescent University, in Nigeria in 2005, and he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN).

He was the High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2002.

Posts and membership of professional associationsEdit

  • President, Nigerian Bar Association (1984-1985)
  • President, The World Association of Judges
  • Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of the Bar and General Council of the Bar
  • Chairman, Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria
  • Member, Advisory Judicial Committee
  • Member, African Bar Association
  • IBA
  • Association of World Lawyers
  • Commonwealth Law Association
  • Vice President, Institute of International Business Law and Practice, Paris
  • Vice-Chairman, International Court of Justice, The Hague (1991-1994)
  • President, World Bank Administrative Tribunal
  • Judge, Constitution Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1994-2002)
  • Member, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • Member, Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London
  • Chairman, Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission
  • Arbitrator/Commissioner, Eritrea/Ethiopia Boundary Commission[7][8]

Bola Ajibola was the editor of Nigeria's Treaties in Force from 1970 to 1990 and All-Nigeria Law Reports from 1961 to 1990. He has authored many books including 'Heavens in View', and various papers and articles on a range of legal subjects.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Olufunmilayo Janet Abeni Ajibola, who died in London 8 June 2016[9]


  1. ^ Mielle K. Bulterman, Martin Kuijer Compliance with judgments of international courts
  2. ^ "Election of a Member of the International Court of Justice" (PDF). ICJ. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  3. ^ Miroslav Volf; Ghazi bin Muhammad (Prince of Jordan.); Mellisa Yarrington (2010). Common Word: Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 238. ISBN 9780802863805.
  4. ^ "Prince Bola Ajibola: Eminent jurist and educationist". Vanguard News. 2020-01-14. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  5. ^ Jos Riots - Politricking With Fire
  6. ^ Plateau Gov Inaugurates Panel To Investigate Jos Riots
  7. ^ "Abritation Law Profile Prince Bola Ajibola". Archived from the original on 2016-04-24.
  8. ^ "The International Resolution Specialist Goup Members". Archived from the original on 2019-12-04.
  9. ^ "Osinbajo condoles with Prince Bola Ajibola". PM NEWS.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)