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Dec 30, 2019

A 50 Year Development Trajectory For Africa; Focus On The Youths | Ayotunde Abiodun

May 2013 marked the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the formation of the Organisation of African Union/ African Union and African heads of state and government signed the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration . The declaration marked the re-dedication of Africa towards the attainment of the Pan African Vision of An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena and Agenda 2063 is the concrete manifestation of how the continent intends to achieve this vision within a 50 year period from 2013 to 2063.[1] African Leaders recognized the need to refocus and reprioritize Africa's agenda to an inclusive social and economic development, from the struggle against apartheid and the attainment of political freedom and economic development. 

Taxation Of Athletes And The OECD Model

The concept of tax is as old as mankind itself and had taken different shapes and dimensions dating back to the earliest primitive period to the present modern time. It should be noted that there is no legislative definition for tax; hence there has been various definitions and meanings given by various authors. Tax has been defined as a fee  charged  by a  government  on  a  product,  income  or  activity. Tax is defined as “the compulsory exaction of money by a public authority for public purpose or raising money for the purpose of government by means of contribution from individual persons.”

Dec 27, 2019

The Global Surge Of Populist Protests In 2019: A Review | Michael Orekoya


In Hong Kong, protesters have adopted Bruce Lee’s famous quote, “Be formless, shapeless, like water” as their guiding strategy in protesting a proposed law permitting the extradition of criminal suspects to China.[1] The non-hierarchical nature of these protests has given the government a hard time suppressing them as they hold spontaneously and simultaneously in different locations. In Catalonia, sequel to the Spanish Supreme Court’s judgment, jailing nine Catalonian separatist leaders, thousands of people have matched to the streets demanding “justice”. 

Dec 26, 2019

An Insight To The African Continental Free Trade Agreement | Adeniran Oluwabukunmi

1.0 Introduction

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is a trade agreement in force between 27 African Union member states.[1] It was signed in Kigali, Rwanda, on March 21, 2018. As of July 2019, 54 of the 55 African Union states had signed the agreement, with Eritrea the only country not signing the agreement. Of these member states, 27 have deposited their instrument of ratification.[2] As of fact, Nigeria was one of the last countries to sign the agreement. 

Dec 23, 2019

British Nigeria Law Forum Networking event

British Nigeria Law Forum Networking event – Abuja, Nigeria

Date: Friday 10 January 2020 Time: 5.30pm – 9:00pm


The Ivory Place

42 Birao St, Off Yalinga Street

Off Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent

Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria

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Exploring The Capital Market In Combating Climate Change | Christopher Nwuya.

Climate change is a burning issue as it affects virtually all facets of human life. It is regarded as one of the most serious threats to sustainable development, as a result of its adverse effects to the global community. It is common knowledge that the major cause of climate change is the rising concentration of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere[1]. The World Bank estimates that without urgent action, climate change could push an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030 and by 2050, 143 million people could become climate change migrants[2]. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that an additional USD 1.1 trillion in low-carbon investments is needed every year between 2011 and 2050, in the energy sector alone, to keep global temperature rise below 2°C[3].

Dec 22, 2019

Templars Celebrates Year - End With Fun - Filled All White Party

Templars - one of the leading commercial law firms in Nigeria held its annual End of Year Party last Friday and members of the Firm were filled with gratitude for a very busy yet exciting and eventful year. It was thus a time to celebrate, make merry and reflect on the many big wins recorded by the Firm in 2019.

Speaking at the event, the Managing Partner, Mr. Oghogho Akpata, thanked the staff for their hard work and commitment to maintaining the Firm's leading position in the Nigerian Legal space.

Mr. Akpata noted that amongst the many big wins recorded by the Firm this year was the elevation of one of its Partners - Mr. Godwin Omoaka to the coveted rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria after another Partner, Mr. Adewale Atake who also took Silk in 2018. He stated that this back-to-back recognition by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee was an affirmation of the Firms top tier status in the field of Dispute Resolution.

In his comments, Senior Partner and Head of the Corporate Commercial Practice Group, Mr. Olumide Akpata congratulated members of the Firm for a very successful year. He noted that Templars' commitment to knowledge development, capacity building and specialization has made it one of the most formidable legal teams in Nigeria and the go-to Law Firm for complex matters and transactions. He also affirmed that as the Firm marches into the 25th year of its existence it will remain committed to the continued development and strengthening of the Practice and it's members stating that "we have built an institution and we must ensure that it will stand the test of time."

The high point of the event was the presentation of Long Service Awards to members of the Firm.

Dec 21, 2019


Yesterday, 19 December 2019, the Benin Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) held its Annual Bar Dinner at the iconic Uyi Grand International Event Centre with over 500 Lawyers in attendance.
This year's event with theme *"Human and Infrastructure Development; the role of the law"* was very well organized and attracted various high-profile guests from within and outside the State.

The event which was chaired by
the Chief Justice of Edo State, Honourable Justice Esther Edigin also had the Governor of Edo State, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki,  as the Special Guest of Honour.
Other guests at the event include the Attorney-General of Edo State, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, Professor Violet Aigbokhaevbo of the University of Benin, who was the Guest Speaker,  Chief of Staff to the Governor of Edo State Mr. Taiwo Akerele, Music maestro Sir Victor Uwaifo as well as  Judges and Magistrates from the Edo State Judiciary and Senior Advocates of Nigeria.

The high point of the event was the presentation of Awards to deserving individuals including H.E. Governor Godwin Obaseki who was recognized for his stellar performance as Governor of Edo State and Mr. Olumide Akpata, Senior Partner at Templars and immediate past Chairman of the NBA Section on Business Law in recognition of his constant support for the NBA Benin Branch including his donation of an ICT Centre to the Branch in 2018.

Other awardees include, Mr. Parry Osayande a retired Deputy inspector General of Police and Honourable Justice Constance Momoh a former Chief Judge of Edo State and one-time Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The Chairman of Branch, Prince Collins Ogiegbaen, congratulated all the Awardees and urged them to continue to contribute their respective quotas to the development our society at large.

Dec 20, 2019

10 Reasons You Should Register For the International Trade and Conflict Management Training for Lawyers

1.      The AfCFTA has officially become the largest free trade agreement since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement in 1995, with about 1.3 billion Africans and a combined GDP of over $3.4 billion.

Dec 19, 2019

Racism In Sports - The Way Forward | Oluwatobiloba Adesemowo

Racism in English parlance can be defined to be “prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. Historically, those who openly professed or practiced racism held  that members of low status jobs and that members of the dominant race should have exclusive access to political power, economic resources, high status jobs and unrestricted civil rights[1]Acts of racism includes physical violence, daily insults and frequent acts and verbal expressions of contempt and disrespect.

Good Governance in The Sports Industry | Oluwatobiloba Adesemowo

Bad governance has been a major setback which has affected major corporations and organizations from accomplishing their potential hence reducing their effectiveness and efficiency; unfortunately sports organizations and companies are not left out of this setback. In order to curb this setback of bad governance among corporations, various committees have been set up to provide workable solutions. Among these committees was the Cadbury Committee which was set up in the year 1992 and played major role in the development of corporate governance although the efforts of other committees cannot be shelved. In the Cadbury Committee’s Report, corporate governance was defined “as a system in which companies are directed and controlled.”

Introduction To Sports Law In Africa

The Sports Industry is fast becoming a growing industry which accommodates various professional from all works of life. It is very pertinent to note that due to the growing nature, it has become paramount to find a medium to regulate the activities within the sector. Owing to this fact, legal professionals within the industry have developed the legal framework that pertains to sports and the developing issues that evolve from the sector.

Dispute Resolution In The Sports Industry. Part 1 | Oluwatobiloba Adesemowo

It is often said that as long as relationship is being established, dispute is inevitable. For as long as we interact with each other as humans in our daily routine, there is every likelihood to have disagreements, different opinions and ideas which could bring about dispute; however, the beauty is ensuring that disputes are resolved amicably. To facilitate a fast and easy means of settling dispute especially in the sports industry, it has been encouraged that the Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms should be adopted.  

Register for the International Trade Law and Conflict Management Training for Lawyers

Register for the "International Trade Law & Conflict Management" Training for Lawyers-

Details -

· Theme:  "Lawyers at the center of African Trade"

· Modules:
- Negotiation & Conflict Management
- International Arbitration
- Cross Border Finance
- International Trade Law
-  Production Sharing Contracts
- Intellectual Property Law

· Date: 30th and 31st of January, 2020

·Time: 9am – 5pm daily

·Venue: Neca House, Hakeem Balogun Street, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

·Audience: Lawyers

Registration Details
Fee per delegate     - N50,000                                                         
Early Bird (Ends January 7, 2020) - N35,000

For registration, Please contact Lawlexis on 09095635314; 08055424566 Or send a mail to

Some Key Policy Issues in Nigeria’s Sustainable Energy Challenges and Environmental Sustainability | Michael Dugeri

Nigeria, like other nations, has long recognised the potentials of renewable energy in the promotion of environmental sustainability. However, unlike countries such as China, Brazil and Germany, Nigeria’s huge renewable energy potentials have not been fully utilised. This is due to a number of factors, such as Nigeria’s overdependence on the crude oil revenue, lack of an overarching legal framework that articulates a comprehensive strategy for promotion of renewable energy and political will to drive enforcement and implementation of extant policies on renewables. One of the overarching objectives of Nigeria’s National Energy Policy is to guarantee adequate, reliable and sustainable supply of energy at appropriate costs and in an environmentally friendly manner, to the various sectors of the economy, for national development.

Dec 18, 2019

Photos From The NBA-SBL Employment, Labour and Industrial Relations Committee Annual Seminar

Templars’ Partner and immediate past Chairman of the NBA-SBL, Olumide Akpata speaking at the NBA-SBL Employment, Labour and Industrial Relations Committee annual seminar held today Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. 

The theme, “Realties of Today’s World of Work” is informed by the current realities and in the today’s world of work. 

The seminar interrogated these issues extensively with the help of a very rich faculty of experts comprising seasoned legal practitioners, in house lawyers, human resource management experts and Justices of the National Industrial Court. They shared insight on the theme and took on very hard questions from participants.

For this year’s seminar the committee also created a special Question and Answer session with judges of the National Industrial Court.

Dec 17, 2019

NBA Ikeja Meets Lagos Chief Judge

The executives of the Nigerian Bar Association met with the Chief Judge of Lagos state, Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba today 16th December,2019.

Dec 16, 2019

Judges Need To Be Courageous Like The Late Justice Akpata

Senior Partner at Templars, Mr. Olumide Akpata has called on Judges to be courageous like the Late Justice of the Supreme Court, Ephraim Omorose Ibukun Akpata the 2nd Edition of whose book, The Nigerian Arbitration Law in Focus, was launched earlier on today at the Agip Recital Hall of the MUSON Centre.

Dec 14, 2019

Olumide Akpata Gives Free Concert Ticlets To 100 Lawyers In Abuja

In recognition of the increasing importance of the entertainment industry to the Nigerian economy, Olumide Akpata will be giving away 100 free tickets to lawyers to attend the Burna Boy and WizKid Concerts at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December 2019, respectively.

Olumide Akpata Devotes 13 December 2019 To Young Lawyers

Templars' Senior Partner and immediate past chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association - Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL), Mr. Olumide Akpata, is a leading voice among established lawyers who are committed to defining a clear and broader career path for young lawyers in Nigeria. 

Olumide Akpata Calls For Capacity Building At Young Lawyers Forum (YLF) Summit

Earlier today, a Senior Partner at Templars, Mr Olumide Akpata, moderated a discussion session at the Young Lawyers Forum (YLF) Summit that held in Owerri, Imo State. 

Dec 13, 2019

The Social Media Bill: The Government’s Attempt At Monopolizing Truth | Michael Orekoya



According to a recent BBC report, false information and incendiary images on Facebook have contributed to more than a dozen killings in Plateau state.[1] In 2018 there was a false alarm, on Facebook, of an impending massacre of the Christian Berom people of Plateau state by Fulani Muslims.  Grim images of murdered children and corpses buried in mass graves were circulated online.

Competition Law in Nigeria | Ayotunde Abiodun

Over years, the business practices of Market traders, guilds and Governments have always been subject to scrutiny, and sometimes severe sanctions. The history of Competition Law reaches back to the Roman Empire. Competition Law is a legal framework put in place to promote or maintain Market Competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct by Companies.[1]  Competition Law is implemented through public and private enforcement.

Dec 11, 2019

US Consulate Marks International Human Rights Day In Lagos - Fapohunda, Akpata Speak On Human Rights

Yesterday, in Lagos, the United States Consulate-General, in collaboration with the Constitutional Rights Awareness and Liberty Initiative (CRALI), hosted a panel discussion as part of its event to mark the International Human Rights Day for 2019. The theme of the panel discussion was “Respect for Human Rights: A Panacea for National Peace and Development and the roles of State Government in Nigeria”.

Dec 10, 2019

The PUSAN Milestones: 31 Prominent Reasons The Paul Usoro NBA National Leadership Stands Out

I read a few days ago that as at September end 2019, the NBA National leadership had saved over N800 million in the NBA COFFERS. The truth is, the PUSAN NBA National leadership has brought probity and transparency to the Bar. Everyone is now following suit. Hear what MR. Dele Oloke, Chairman, NBA, Ikeja Branch: 

Dec 9, 2019

Anti - Corruption Day 2019

When I was a child, for a public/civil servant to be caught in corrupt practices, that individual will be a pariah. He will be a complete reject of the society; he/she could not raise his or her voice to speak in the public. So what happened between that time and now? That time when a public officer, prison or customs officer caught in corruption hides his face in shame amongst his peers, he just couldn't come out publicly. Today, when they come back, they get chieftaincy titles, they are received in grand style, cows are killed, they ride on white horses. 

- Wole Soyinka 


Cross - Border Financing: A Module At The Career Training For Lawyers

Commercial activity that occurs among several jurisdictions or countries is called a cross-border transaction. Therefore with the introduction of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), lawyers must be knowledgeable in the complexities of cross-border financing contracts. 

Dec 8, 2019

Piracy And Armed Robbery In The Gulf Of Guinea And The Suppression Of Piracy And Other Maritime Offences Act (Supmoa) 2019 | CAROLINE TOKULAH-OSHOMA (MRS)


The increasing rise in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has become alarming. Until recently, the concern about piracy has been the Gulf of Eden operated by Somalia pirates; however, piracy has witnessed a drastic shift to the Gulf of Guinea. Armed robbery against ships and cargo theft have also risen uncontrollably within Nigerian territorial and internal waters. These activities pose a serious threat to national, regional and global security and economy. 

The Potential Of Sports In Developing Nigeria | Oluwabukunmi Adeniran


In the words of Beverly Agbakoba-Onyejianya; “There has been an explosion in the Entertainment industry. It is time for the sporting industry to begin to add value. We are a populous country, we have a young population, so there is no reason why sports should not be bigger than it is now”.[1]The introduction of sports law as a field has gained a lot of prominence around the world, especially in Europe. In Nigeria however, it is yet to spread its wings, owing to certain factors, most of which are based on the structure of the sporting associations in the country. Also, It is yet to be realized that sports has gone beyond mere recreational activity and is now a highly lucrative business and a means of making money across the board,  for clubs, sponsors, footballers, agents, and even lawyers.[2]This Article highlights the current issues in the Sports sector and provides an insight to the profitability and potential of sports law in Nigeria and its possible effect on the Nigerian economy if duly exploited.

Olumide Akpata receives an award at the annual dinner of the Warri Branch of the NBA

The Warri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) hosted its annual dinner for 2019 yesterday, 7th December. 

Dec 5, 2019

Paul Usoro SAN Presents NBA Quarterly Score Card At NEC Meeting

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro SAN has presented the Quarterly score card for the Nigerian Bar Association at its 2019 Quarter 4 NEC Meeting curren at its 2019 Quarter 4 NEC Meeting currently holding at the NBA Secretariat in Abuja today 5th December, 2019. 

Dec 4, 2019

Penalty For Refusing A Person Emergency Medical Treatment

Did you know it is an offence for hospitals and health care givers to refuse a person emergency medical treatment for any reason.

Also such act can be a ground for medical negligence.

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Olumide Akpata Highlights Important Role Of Lawyers In Nation Building And Donates 1 Million Naira To NBA (Akure Branch). 

The Akure Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association has been holding its Annual Law Week in Akure, Ondo State. The week long event which began on the 2nd of December and will run to the 8th of December, 2019 has this year’s theme as “National Interest and the Rule of Law”.

Dec 2, 2019

What You Should Know - Legalization Of Nigerian Documents For Use Abroad | Busayo Adedeji

Nigeria is not a party to the Apostille Convention which specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries (to the Apostille Convention) can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states.