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Born on September 5, 1969, in Osogbo. He attended Ansar-ud-deen
Primary School, Osogbo between 1975 and 1981. From there heproceeded to Ansar-ud-deen Grammar School, Osogbo between 1981
and 1986 where he obtained the West African School Certificate inflying colours. He did his Advanced Level studies in Osogbo Grammar
School and later gained admission to the University of Ilorin where hestudied English Language and Literature between 1989 and 1992.

His educational career took a ricocheting course as he was compelled
to proceed to the University of Lagos in 1994 to obtain an LLB Degreefrom the Faculty of Law of the University. This was following his
expulsion from the University of Ilorin in his final year as an
uncompromising student activist. As an unrepentant Marxist-Leninist, the Secretary General of the University of Ilorin Students’ Union andSecretary of Zone C of the National Association of Nigerian Students
(NANS), Kunle Adegoke, popularly known as ‘K. Rad’, an abbreviation
of the pseudonym, ‘Kunle Radical’, defended the interests of his
constituency to the end and paid the supreme academic sacrifice
when he was expelled in March, 1992 by the authorities of the
It was following this unfortunate incident that he wrote the University
Matriculation Examination (UME) again in 1993 and, upon a brilliant performance, was offered admission into the University of Lagos in1994/1995 Session. In 1994, he served as Secretary at the NANS
Convention that held in Obafemi Awolowo University and later as
Chairman, Convention of NANS which held in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1995. His academic sojourn in the University of Lagos was
another challenging experience as he was suspended on the 5th day ofSeptember, 1997, his birthday and subsequently expelled in the samemonth of September, 1997 by the authorities of the University who
considered his voice of dissent a sacrilege. He lost a year in the
course of challenging the decision of the University in court until he
was later re-instated in May, 1998 by Justice Tajudeen Odunowo of
the Federal High Court, Lagos.
Despite the horrors of victimisation and undisguised poverty
necessitating self-sponsorship, Adegoke completed his LLB studieswith Second Class (Upper Division) in the University of Lagos in theyear 2000 during which he represented University of Lagos at the AllAfrican Universities Human Rights Moot Court Competition in the
University of Legon, Ghana. He later attended the one-year vocational
studies in the Nigerian Law School between 2001 and 2002.

He was
later called to the Nigerian Bar in February, 2003 as a Solicitor and
Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in most challenging moments the details of which would be excellent scripts for the
Nollywood. He later obtained his Masters’ Degree in Law with 4.0
Grade Points from the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos in 2009. Now a seasoned lawyer with many laurels to his name after cutting hislegal teeth with the distinguished law firm of Olaniwun Ajayi LP
between April, 2003 and September, 2004, he has been into private
practice in a thriving partnership in the law firm of M. A. Banire &
Associates from August 2004 till date. He was counsel to the Governor
of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, as he represented him
during the long battles to reclaim the people’s mandate between 2007
and 2010 and the infamous forgery trial that accompanied it.

He wascounsel to many serving members of the House of Assembly of theState of Osun during the same period. Kunle Adegoke is an election petition maharishi as he was a frontlineteam leader in the Benue State governorship petition between SteveUgba v. Gabriel Suswam in 2011, the Kogi governorship electionpetition between Prince Abubakar Audu v. Governor Idris Wada, the
Adamawa election petition between Markus Natina Gundiri v. Rear
Admiral Murtala Nyako and 2014 Osun governorship election petitionbetween Iyiola Omisore v. Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. He representedmany former and present members of the House of Assembly of LagosState in 2007 – 2008 and 2015 in several election petitions and wascounsel to the All Progressives Congress in several matters includingthe case of Agbaje v. Ambode.

He is also an expert in legal drafting and commercial law practice as he currently serves several
governmental establishments, giant telecommunications and other bigcompanies.

Kunle Adegoke is a prolific writer whose writings have graced thepages of many Nigerian newspapers and legal journals among which

 The Constitutionality of the Sharia – articlepublished in the Guardian Newspaper of December 7, 1999.

 Is Iraq Still A State? – an article published in the
Guardian Newspaper (2004).

 Renvoi – a research project (2000).

 Current Trends in the Formation and Interpretationof Contracts – article published in Legal Aspects ofFinance in Emerging Markets (ed. Olaniwun Ajayi)Lexis Nexis, 2005, page 267.

 Frustration of Contracts: Common Causes, ResultingRights and Liabilities – article published in Legal
Aspects of Finance in Emerging Markets (ed. OlaniwunAjayi) Lexis Nexis, 2005, page 299.

 The Blue Book 2004: Practical Approach To The HighCourt of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2004 co- authored and published by M. A. Banire & Associatesin conjunction with Excel Publication Services Ltd, in 2004 with second and third editions having beenpublished in 2008 and 2012).

 The Blue Book: Practical Approach To The High Court
of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2nd Edition, co-authored and published by Ecowatch PublicationsServices Ltd., 2008.

 The Blue Book Law Report : A Compilation of Cases
on Lagos State Rules of Practice and Procedure
[2008] BLR (Pt. 1) co-edited and published by M. A. Banire & Associates, 2008.
Secured Credit and Intricacies of Choses in Action – aresearch project (2008).

 The Return of Oranmiyan – The Legal Battles to
Reclaim Aregbesola’s Mandate, co-authored andpublished in 2011. Right to Challenge Nomination in Election Petition – the Need for the Supreme Court of Nigeria tooverrule Itself. (Yet to be published).

 “Internet Jurisdiction: A Catch-22 Situation and TheTrajectory of the Nigerian Judicial System”(Unpublished) being paper delivered at a One-DayConference during the 2016 National Cyber Security Awareness Month on the 8th day of December, 2016 atOriental Hotel, Lagos and reported at weighs-down-federal-high-court/ accessed on 19
April, 2017. “Recent Intervention against Banking Collapse in
Nigeria” (Yet to be published).
 Nigeria Cyber Law and Cyber Citizenship in a DigitalWorld” a lecture delivered on 25th August, 2017 atthe 2017 Nigeria ICT Impact CEO Forum & Awards. He is, above all, a respected litigation lawyer with rich accounts oflegal exploits in many Nigerian courtrooms. He is a member of the
Nigerian Bar Association, the International Section of the American
Bar Association, and the International Bar Association. He was a
distinguished Nigerian NGO delegate at the September, 2013 United
Nations’ Conference in New York on the Rights of the Indigenous
Peoples where his non-governmental organisation, Human andEnvironmental Development Agenda (HEDA), was conferred withobserver status of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Kunle Adegoke served as a member of the Strategy Committee for the election of AB Mahmoud, SAN as the President of the Nigerian Bar
Association in 2016.
He is today the Secretary of the North East Task
Force of the Nigerian Bar Association responsible for rendering legal service for the rehabilitation of the victims of boko haram insurgencyin the North Eastern States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. He alsocurrently serves as a co-opted member of National ExecutiveCommittee of the Nigerian Bar Association. The Chief Judge of LagosState swore him in as a Notary Public in 2017.

He is happily married to Olufunmilola and blessed with four beautifuldaughters, Mofe, Tara, Sewa and Funmi.

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