Michael Ajomo

Michael Ajomo; Nigerian Law professor who pioneered School of Law at the University of Lagos and University of Ilorin. He was conferred with the National Honour of the Officer of the Federal Republic in 2003.


Place of Growth

Michael Ayodele Ajomo was born in Okpe Akoko- Oke Ose Local Government Area (now in Edo State) on April 12, 1929. he started his primary school in 1935 at The Araromi Central School. He gained admission to C.M.S Grammar School, Lagos, but could not pursue it due to family reasoning that a village boy like him would be lost in Lagos life, if allowed to go far away from home. He was however sent to Christ School Ado-Ekiti, by his uncle, Venerable Archdeacon Gabriel Kayode Ajomo from where he completed his Secondary School in December, 1948[i].



Ajomo obtained Diploma in Agriculture in 1951 from the School of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan. At the Western Region where he worked after his education, he rose to the highest position an African could reach at the time in the public service. In 1961, he gained admission to the University of Hull, Yorkshire, in England, from where he graduated with LLB Honors in 1964, attaining a second class upper in 1967.



On his return to Nigeria, Ajomo joined the University of Lagos, Akoka, as a lecturer Grade IT in law on April 1,1968. He was foundation Head of Jurisprudence and international law and later Dean of Law in 1982. It was he who pioneered the teaching of Oil and Gas in Nigeria Universities. Ajomo was appointed Director-General, Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in 1988[ii].


[i] Westerner May 4, 2009

[ii] Newswatch May 2, 2009

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