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Profile of Special Adviser on Urban Development, Lagos State


SAMember, Nigerian Bar Association [NBA], and Member, University of London, Kings College Alumni, Yetunde Afusat Onabule, a distinguished Lawyer and astute administrator, was born on the 15th day of March, 1976 in Lagos, to the illustrious Fasinro family.

She started her elementary education at Corona School, Victoria Island, Lagos and later attended Lagos State Medical College, Badore for her post primary education where she passed her Senior Secondary Certificate examination in 1993 with resounding success.

Thereafter, young and vibrant Onabule proceeded to the famous University of Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom for a degree in Law, with spark of brilliance and excellence; she graduated with Second Class Upper Division in 1998. She advanced her academic pursuit at the University of London, Kings College from where she obtained her Masters Degree in Computer and Communications Law in 1999.

She was called to the Nigerian Bar and subsequently admitted as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria [B.L] in 2003.
Whilst in the United Kingdom, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule cut her professional teeth in the legal world between 1999 and 2001 as Legal Assistant with the Law Firm of Addie & Co, Solicitors, London, United Kingdom, Freshfields Solicitors, Fleet Street, London, and as an online editor at Lawtel [Legal Publishers], London. She also interned at the United Nations Commission International Trade Law [UNCITRAL] Headquarters Vienna, Austria.

Mrs. Yetunde Onabule had served in various companies since her return to Nigeria where she has distinguished herself and proved her competency.
She commenced her career in Nigeria with the Law Firm of Jackson, Etti & Edu [Barristers & Solicitors], where she handled Intellectual Property Law, as well as Corporate and Commercial matters. In November 2006, she left to Head the Legal & Corporate Affairs Department at SmartSwitch Nigeria Limited, a payment and switching company, and later worked as Head, Legal & Operations, the electronic payment and processing company, Pay4me Services Nigeria Limited, where she was seconded to SW Global Limited, Abuja as Company Secretary & Legal Adviser.

With over 15 years professional experience, she has honed her managerial and business skills working on various projects for the private and public sector. She has also attended and facilitated at several local and international conferences and workshops within and outside Nigeria. She is passionate about the urbanization of Lagos State, particularly in protecting the historical environment and how best to utilize its land and resources with an eye for future growth and development.

She currently serves as member of the Lagos State Executive Council in a capacity as Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development. She was appointed by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to help realize his vision for Lagos State to implement the massive and dynamic urban renewal programme.

She is an avid swimmer and enjoys Formula One Motor Racing.
She is happily married with children