Abimbola Olurotimi Ogunbanjo was the group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc., (NGX Group), the non-operating holding company that emerged from the demutualisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) from 2021 to 2022.
Abimbola Ogunbanjo was born in Nigeria to the family of Chris and Hilda Ogunbanjo, a distinguished and foremost corporate lawyer, industrialist and philanthropist.
He was involved in the chopper transporting Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of Access Holdings which crashed on 9 February 2024, killing both of them and four others in California, United States.
Abimbola holds a B.Sc. Business Administration from American College, Switzerland LL.B. from University of Buckingham, United Kingdom.
He has Certificates in International Capital Markets and Maritime Law from the New York Institute of Finance and the University of Southampton respectively.
He provides pro-bono legal services to the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping and the Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation where he also serves on its board of directors.
He had his early education at Corona School Apapa, University of Lagos Staff School, Claremont School, Hastings, Sussex and Igbobi College, Lagos before proceeding to Millfield School, Street, Somerset – England where he attained his GCE “O” Levels.
Abimbola was married to Olufunke Ogunbanjo, a lawyer and businesswoman, who was also his partner at Chris Ogunbajo LP.
They had three children: two sons and a daughter. His eldest son, Oladipo Ogunbanjo, was a lawyer and entrepreneur, who followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the board of Nigerian Stock Exchange Group Plc.
His daughter, Oluwadamilola Ogunbanjo, was a medical doctor and public health advocate, who worked with World Health Organization. His youngest son, Olusegun Ogunbanjo, was a student at Harvard University.
He was a devoted Christian and a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He was also a lover of sports, especially golf and polo.
Hence he was a member of the Lagos Polo Club. He enjoyed travelling and exploring new places and cultures. He was known for his charisma, intelligence, and humility.
Abimbola Olurotimi Ogunbanjo was the group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, (NGX Group) from 2021 to 2022. Before this, he was the president of the National Council of the NSE from 2017 to 2021.
He served as Managing Partner of the renowned, leading corporate law firm of Chris Ogunbanjo LP (Solicitors), a firm he joined in 1990 after a spell as a credit analyst with Chase Manhattan Bank (Nigeria) Limited.
He served on the boards of several multinational corporations and non-profit organizations including Beta Glass Plc and the Advisory Board of the University of Buckingham Centre for Extractive Studies.
He also served on the Board of GTL Registrars Limited, AIICO Insurance Plc and ConocoPhillips Limited amongst others.
Bamofin Ogunbanjo was a member of the International Bar Association, Nigerian Bar Association, Institute of Petroleum and a registered capital market consultant with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria.
He serves as a Global Ambassador for the Cervical Cancer-Free Nigeria (CCFN) campaign, an initiative of the Global Oncology (GO), a US-based nonprofit organization supported by Stanford University.
The CCFN campaign aims to reduce the unnecessary deaths of Nigerian women from cervical cancer, by raising awareness about the safety, efficacy, and availability of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among the Nigerian public
The Elerunwon of Erunwon-Ijebu in Council headed by Alaiyeluwa Oba Johnson Adebayo Adebola Okubena, conferred on Ogunbanjo the traditional title of Bamofin of Erunwon Ijebu Kingdom, meaning the “father of lawyers” on 8 December 2018.
On 11 October 2022, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari conferred the National Honour of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), on Bamofin Ogunbanjo for his sterling contributions to the development of the Capital Markets, Corporate law and in recognition of his outstanding virtues and in appreciation of his services to Nigeria.
On 9 February 2024, he was among six people who died following a helicopter crash near Nipton, California, while he was on his way from Palm Springs Airport to Boulder City, Nevada on a charter flight operated by Orbic Air LLC with Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of Nigeria’s Access Bank, to attend the Super Bowl LVIII championship in Las Vegas.