Mr Gbenga Oyebode is the Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode (Barristers & Solicitors), one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria.
Mr Oyebode was conferred with national honours of Nigeria (Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “MFR” and Belgium (Royal Honour of ‘Knight of the Order of Leopold’) in 2001 and 2007 respectively.
He was educated at the University of Ife (LL.B Honours), and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (LL.M) graduating in 1979 and 1982, respectively. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted June 1980) and an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of New York State (admitted November 1983). He was conferred Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), by the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (2016) and Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria (2017). He is the Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria.
He was Chairman, Access Bank Plc (2005-2015), Director MTN Nigeria Plc (2001-2019) and the Chairman of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc (All listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE) and serves on the Boards of Nestle Nigeria Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc and Socfinaf S.A (listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange). He is the Chairman of CFAO Nigeria Plc.
Mr Oyebode sits on the Africa Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). He is the Chairman of Teach for Nigeria, Director Teach for All, New York, Member of the Global Advisory Council of the Africa Leadership Academy, Johannesburg, Director Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, New York and Director African Philanthropy Forum. Member Board of Trustees Carnegie Hall, New York. Member, Board of Trustees Ford Foundation, New York.
He is a Member of the International Council of Collectors – The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, Member Advisory Board – Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Washington DC and Member International Circle, Amis du Centre Pompidou, Paris.