The Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation was established in 1993 by Chief (Dr) Christopher Oladipo Ogunbanjo OFR, CON, a veteran Nigerian corporate lawyer and philanthropist known for his early advocacy of domiciliary accounts in Nigeria. In the late 1960s, he was among the group of businessmen who supported local equity participation in foreign firms operating in Nigeria
We envisage an economically thriving and conflict-free Nigeria where all its inhabitants feel secure and empowered to access personal development opportunities for their professional growth and economic advancement.
1) To promote the achievement of a stable society by analyzing the causes of conflicts and resolution of same
2) To promote and sponsor the development of science and technology-based education for the attainment of an industrial society in Nigeria
3) To sponsor and promote academic research scholarship, primarily in the fields of Education
4) To collaborate with relevant government departments, statutory bodies, organized private sector etc, for the purpose of carrying out research into all aspects of government policies and measures affecting the economy of Nigeria.
Chief (Dr.) Christopher Oladipo Ogunbanjo CON, OFR
A corporate lawyer, businessman and philanthropist, he co-founded his first law firm then known as Samuel, Chris and Michael with his partners; Chief Samuel Akintola, former Premier of Western Nigeria and Late Justice Michael Odesanya. After the dissolution of the partnership in 1960, he created Chris Ogunbanjo & Co; a commercial law firm considered to be the building platform for many successful luminaries in Nigerian Legal Practice.
Board of Directors
The Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation has been in existence for over 25 years and has a record of commendable contributions to the non-governmental sector. The Foundation has successfully maintained an ongoing succession of family members managing and overseeing operations of the organization. Presently, the Board of Directors consists of the 2nd generation and the Board Members are 3rd generation family members.
Mrs. Olabisi Towry-Coker is an economist and businesswoman who has engaged in a wide range of businesses. She is a trustee and founding member of the Governing Board of Atlantic Hall Educational Trust Council. She also sits on the board of several companies which include Union Securities Limited and AFN Brokers Limited.
Senator Olatokunbo Ogunbanjo is a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He represented the Ogun East Senatorial District from June 2003 – June 2007, during which he sat on several Senate Committees; some of which he vice-chaired. He was also the Secretary of the Southern Senators’ Forum.
Senator Ogunbanjo is a dynamic professional offering successful leadership in advancing private-sector development, with more than 25 years of experience in Legal Management. He is a Founding Member of the Institute of Legal Practice Managers UK.
He duos as a skilled marketer who has created and executed high-impact, multimedia marketing campaigns that generated new revenue streams and improved performance in targeted market segments. He is a renowned Independent Director and this is evidenced by the number of multinational boards which he sits atop.
Abimbola Ogunbanjo joined the prestigious and renowned Law Firm of Chris Ogunbanjo & Co in 1990. He currently serves as the Firm’s Managing Partner. He has vast knowledge of and experience in commercial law, especially in Capital Markets, Shipping and Corporate/M&As. He has garnered considerable corporate finance transactional experience working with public and private institutions including rendering advice to a host of multinational corporations. He currently serves as the President of the Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He is the Chairman, Board of Directors of Beta Glass Plc, the largest bottle making company on the African continent.
He is a governing council member and Pro-bono Legal Advisers of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping. He was recently the Vice-Chairman of the Commercial Law and Taxation Committee of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as country Legal Adviser and Director of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. He is an Advisory Board Member for University of Buckingham Centre for Extractive Studies (UBCEES), and a member of several professional bodies including the Institute of Petroleum (UK), the International Bar Association and the International Trademark Association.
Tanwa Ashiru is the founder of Bulwark Intelligence; an information service company that delivers high-quality security, intelligence and threat assessments to the federal government and private companies. Her establishment partners with the foundation to effectively carry out its activities through The Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Lola Emeruwa Taiwo heads The Center for The Promotion of Industrial Society, which is one part of The Center for The Promotion of Industrial Society and Private Enterprise. She is also the founder of a social enterprise called WISH AFRICA; a media company determined to showcase a more positive narrative of Africans around the world.
Olaotan Towry-Coker heads The Center for The Promotion of Private Enterprise, which is the other part of The Center for The Promotion of Industrial Society and Private Enterprise. He is the founder of Afritickets.com and Cranium One.
Funke Shonekan MIH is the Executive Director of The Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation and the founder of Young Adult Professionals & Entrepreneurs (YAP&E). She is presently the NEXUS Nigeria Outreach Ambassador and NEXUS Africa Regional Director.