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Business Icon Chris Ogunbanjo Dies Two Months Before 100th Birthday 

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The  corporate lawyer, businessman and philanthropist, Chris Ogunbanjo is dead, reports thegazellenews.com.

The astute businessman, reportedly died on Saturday, 7 October, 2023, two months before his 100th birthday.

He was born, on December 12th, 1923 in Erunwon-Ijebu into one of the most prominent families in Ijebuland.

His father, Daniel Ajayi Ogunbanjo, was a Headmaster, a Deacon and later became a very prominent Pastor and Canon around the Old Western Region.

His mother, the late Madam Towobola, hailed from a neighbouring village, Ijebu-Imushin.

Chris attended St. Phillips Primary School, Aiyetoro, Ile-Ife before proceeding to Oduduwa College, Ife for his secondary education in 1936. In 1938, he moved to the prestigious Igbobi College in Lagos where he completed his secondary education. He obtained a degree in Law in 1949 and was called to Bar a year later in 1950.

Chief Ogunbanjo began his Legal Practice in 1950 as a Partner in a law firm then known as Samuel, Chris & Michael: made up of the late Chief Samuel Akintola, former Premier of Western Nigeria, Chief Christopher Ogunbanjo and late Justice Michael Odesanya; whose offices were situated at Tinubu Square in the heart of Lagos.

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.

Ogunbanjo employed his profession, Law, as a veritable instrument of change in the Nigerian Legal, Corporate, Industrial and Management Practice.

Within a few years of specialising in Corporate Law, he was spotted and appointed “Retainer-Solicitor” to the NIDB Project by the Federal Government and International Finance Corporation.

He was also part of several top companies such as West African Batteries, Metal Box Toyo, Union Securities, 3M Nigeria, ABB Nigeria, Roche Nigeria and Chemical and Allied Products Limited.

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