Professor Odunola Akinwale ORIFOWOMO was born on the 24th December, 1967 in Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria. He completed his secondary school education („O‟ Level School Certificate) in 1981, Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1983 and later obtained the Bachelor of Laws (LL. B (Hons.)) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees in 1989 and 1993 respectively, from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He also obtained from the same University the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in 2001, 2006 and 2011, respectively and Certificate in Space Studies from the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France, in 2013. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and also obtained a Certificate in Leadership from the Haggai Leadership Institute, Mid-Pacific Centre, Hawaii, United States of America, in 2018.
He began his teaching career at the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1992 and rose to the rank of Professor in 2016. Between 2016 and 2017, he was appointed and
served as a Judge of the Court of Appeal, Republic of The Gambia. He was Pioneer Dean, College of Law, Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State from 2017 – 2022 and he is currently Pioneer Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Ilesa.
His areas of interest include: International Banking & Finance Law; International Labour & Industrial Law; Law of Contractual Obligations; Taxation Law; International Space Law & Policy; and International Humanitarian Law.
He was Coach and Faculty Advisor of Teams of the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife which represented Africa at the World Finals of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court competition consistently from 2012 to 2016, winning trophies for the Continent. His currently a patron of Precious Fountain Foundation, PFF. He facilitated the PFF “See Your Future From Now 2.0”.
Professor Orifowomo undertook Ministerial trainings at the Ile-Ife Satellite Campus of the Word of Victory Bible Training Institute of Rhema Chapel International Churches, Ilorin where he obtained Certificate and Diploma qualifications in 1994 and 1996 respectively. He was subsequently appointed to the Board of Ministers of Rhema Chapel, Ile-Ife in 1996. He took additional trainings at the Word of Faith Bible Institute (WOFBI) of the Living Faith Ministry (aka. Winners Chapel International) obtaining a Certificate in Ministerial Training in 2006. He is an ardent believer in the Christian faith; became Born Again in 1982 and was baptized in the Holy Ghost in 1993. He is a preacher and teacher of the Word of God. He is happily married to Mrs. OjuJesu Adenike Orifowomo and they are blessed with children.