YETUNDE AFUSAT ONABULE, a distinguished Lawyer and astute administrator who effectively combines traditional competence with the dynamism and efficiency of modern day international practices, was born on the 15th day of March, 1976 in Lagos, to the illustrious Fasinro family.
She started her elementary education at Corona School, Victoria Island, Lagos and later attended Lagos State Model College, Badore for her post primary education where she passed her Senior Secondary Certificate examination in 1993 with resounding success. Young and vibrant Onabule then proceeded to the famous University of Buckingham, Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom for a degree in Law, with spark of brilliance and excellence; she graduated with Second Class- upper Division in 1998. Not yet done with her quest of being a thoroughbred legal luminary, she advanced her academic pursuit at the University of London, Kings College from where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Computer and Communications Law in 1999. Mrs. Yetunde Onabule was called to the Nigerian Bar and admitted as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (B.L) in 2003 after successfully completed her Law School.
Whilst in the United Kingdom, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule cut her professional teeth in the legal world between 1999 – 2001, as Legal Assistant with the Law Firm of Addie & Co, Solicitors, London, United Kingdom, Freshfileds Solicitors, Fleet Street, London, and as an online editor at Lawtel (Legal Publishers), London. She also interned at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Headquarters Vienna, Austria.
Mrs Yetunde Onabule had served in various companies since her return to Nigeria where she has distinguished herself and proved her competency. She commenced her career in Nigeria with the law firm of Jackson, Etti & Edu. (Barristers & Solicitors), and an astute Solicitor and Barrister, dealing with Intellectual Property Law, as well as Corporate and Commercial matters. She is highly experienced in on issues bordering on Intellectual Property rights law and enforcement, as well as Corporate and Commercial Law matters. She has attended and facilitated at several local and international conferences and workshops within and outside Nigeria.
In November 2006, she left the law firm of Jackson, Etti and Edu to Head the Legal & Corporate Affairs department at SmartSwitch Nigeria Limited, a payment and switching company. She later joined as Head, Legal & Operations, the electronic payment and processing company, Pay4me Services Nigeria Limited, where she was seconded to SW Global Limited, Abuja as Company Secretary & Legal Adviser. With over 15years professional experience, she has honed her managerial and business skills working on various projects for the private and public sector.
Mrs. Yetunde Onabule is passionate about the urbanisation of Lagos State, particularly in protecting the historical environment and how best to utilize its land and resources with an eye for future growth and development.
She is currently a member of the Lagos State Executive Council appointed by the His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State to realise his vision for Lagos State, and was subsequently assigned the portfolio of the Special Adviser on Urban Development, to implement the massive and dynamic urban renewal programme of the State government that will transform Lagos State to be Africa’s model megacity and global economic and financial hub that is safe, secure, functional and productive.
She is a Member, Nigerian Bar Association, Member, and University of London, Kings College Alumni,
She is an avid swimmer and enjoys Formula One Motor Racing.
She is happily married with children.
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