First professor of business law Gabriel Olawoyin dies at 81

The first Nigerian professor of business law Gabriel Olawoyin has died aged 81.

Olawoyin died in a private hospital in Lagos on Saturday evening.

Born on July 31, 1939 in Ile-Ife, Osun State, the senior lawyer had his primary education at Royal School in Ile-Ife established by his maternal grandfather.

He also studied at African School, Ilesa; African School, Oke-Eso, Ile-Ife; and Central School, Ilare, Ile-Ife before proceeding to Oduduwa College and later Ogbomoso Grammar School where he emerged as the best student at the final examination.

Olawoyin worked briefly with the federal civil service in Lagos and Nigerian Breweries Limited as an accounts clerk. He started his higher secondary school certificate programme at Abeokuta Grammar School, Ogun State in January 1959.

He passed his general certificate of education (GCE) advanced level in January 1962 in flying colours, earning him a place at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London).

He bagged his first degree and masters in law from the University of London in 1965 and 1966 respectively.