Our history

Olaniwun Ajayi was founded as a sole practitionership – barely two years after Nigeria’s independence from Great Britain- on November 2nd 1962 by Sir Olaniwun Ajayi. 54 years later, Olaniwun Ajayi has grown from a sole practitionership to one of the largest and open partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa. The expansion of the activities of the government of the newly independent Nigeria and the attendant surge in foreign direct investments and oil exploration activities contributed in shaping the depth and scope of the Firm’s practice areas. Over the last five decades, Olaniwun Ajayi has established a sterling go-to reputation for a wide range of corporate, commercial and contentious work. The Firm particularly established a reputation in the area of commercial litigation, banking, finance and capital markets work and in advising government at both federal and state levels. Olaniwun Ajayi has leveraged on its success in these areas to become one of the most sought after full-service legal practices in Africa and by reason of its knack for excellent legal work, continued to be at the forefront of several significant legal developments in the commanding heights of the Nigerian economy. Our history, deep roots and familiarity with the business environment affords us a uniquely different perspective to issues and has continued to shape the way we approach and innovate around our client’s challenges.