Canada-based Nigerian lawyer Ayo Odekunle dies of gastric cancer

Canada-based Nigerian lawyer Ayo Odekunle

A Nigerian legal practitioner based in Canada Ayo Odekunle has died following a battle with stomach cancer.

The 2011 law graduate at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2012. He was later called to the Alberta Bar in 2023.

He worked with Kenna Partners, a leading commercial litigation firm in Nigeria. As a litigator in Nigeria, he took on many high-profile cases on behalf of numerous multinationals and secured victories.

Ayokunle’s practice centred around all aspects of family law, immigration, wills and estate, and general litigation.

According to The Gazette, Odekunle discovered he had cancer that was spreading fast and leaving too little time to contain when he arrived in Edmonton in 2020.

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The cancer was stage four when he died on Friday evening.

In Canada, Odekunle worked as a barrister and solicitor at Queck and Associates Law Office, Alberta.

He stood out for his take-no-prisoners approach to social media commentary, especially on X (former known as Twitter).

In a 2009 letter to his unborn child, Odekunle lamented his passion for journalism, but said his parents’ interest in law persuaded him to enrol to become a lawyer at UI, which he described as “a once great university.”

He is survived by his wife and two children who live in Canada.